Kosovo’s media suffer from direct and indirect political interference, financial pressure, and excessively concentrated ownership. Journalists who criticize the Kosovar authorities are often accused of being “traitors” or “Serbian sympathizers.” A few days after his coalition government was confirmed in September 2017, Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj described journalists as “illiterate” and advised them to “go back to school.” Two leading investigative journalists were physically attacked after criticizing members of the government and close allies in articles. Kosovo’s ethnic divisions are particularly visible in the media, where members of the ethnic Albanian majority are rarely seen working side by side in a spirit of cooperation and goodwill with members of the Serbian minority. The current government nonetheless seems readier to talk with journalists and the media as whole, unlike the two previous governments, which were much less open to dialogue.
82 in 2017
30.45 in 2017