December 12, 2016

KOSOVO: MORE TRANSPARENCY IN RTK

KOSOVO, 12/12/2016
Vienna, 12 December 2016 – The Vienna South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is asking for more transparency in the case of Arsim Halili former editor of the newsroom of the public Radio Television Kosovo (RTK), who is also vice chairman of Trade Union and also member of Journalist’s Association of Kosovo, who was not returned to his job position

Halili lost his position in RTK and was suspended for six month. This decision by the RTK management gives a message about consequences the staff will face if they try to be whistleblowers for reporting mismanagement and irregularities. The management is also ignoring the conclusion of Board of Directors of RTK which has unanimously concluded that on case of Halili have been used double standards, when he has been fined due a status in his private profile in Facebook, where he used sarcasm to criticize prolongation in the EU visa liberalization process.

Last year, the general manager had issued a decision to expel from their work, chairman and vice chairman of Trade Union.

SEEMO is a network of editors, media executives and leading journalists in South, East and Central Europe and its press freedom work is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.