KOSOVO: In Official Letter, SEEMO Asks Kosovo President to Reconsider Signing Penal Code Changes

KOSOVO, 26/04/2012

The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organsation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), on Thursday sent an official letter to Kosovo President Atifete Jahjaga asking her to return the recently approved Penal Code to the parliament and reconsider signing off on it.

On April 20, 2012, the Kosovo parliament approved changes to the Penal Code and included two controversial articles, 37 and 38, that could seriously hamper press freedom.

“I call on President Jahjaga to reconsider signing the revised Penal Code and to return the law to the parliament,” SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic wrote in the letter. “As a trained lawyer, I am sure that the president will fully understand our concerns that articles 37 and 38 could seriously undermine press freedom in Kosovo.”

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