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Attacks on the Press 2000: Albania

STATE-SPONSORED ATTACKS ON JOURNALISTS ABATED significantly and some reforms were initiated last year, but the Albanian press still faced economic underdevelopment, low professional standards, and ongoing security risks.

High taxes and printing costs, poor distribution networks, low advertising revenues, limited business skills, and endemic corruption have made editors and publishers dependent on subsidies from political parties. Because most media owners are affiliated with one of two dominant political parties, news coverage tends to be highly partisan. Politicians often bribe or otherwise induce journalists to write negative articles about their rivals. The public, as a result, is generally mistrustful of journalists.
March 19, 2001 12:10 PM ET
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