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09/18/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/18/2023 08:06

OSCE Presence in Albania organizes ninth annual Media Development Forum

Albanian journalists attending the 9th annual Media Development Forum, organized by the OSCE Presence in Albania. (OSCE/Joana Karapataqi) Photo details

On 18 September, the OSCE Presence in Albania organized its ninth annual Media Development Forum, a platform for dialogue among media, public institutions and civil society. This year's Forum focused on journalist safety, media legislation, and effects of artificial intelligence on the work of media in Albania.

During the opening remarks, Ambassador Bruce Berton, Head of the OSCE Presence in Albania, emphasized the commitment of the Presence toward the cause of press freedom and freedom of the media in the country. "It is crucial that the media are provided the tools and institutional policies to help them navigate the rapidly changing information ecosystem in a responsible and ethical manner. In keeping with OSCE principles that the government has committed to, as one of our 57 participating states, the Albanian public institutions must allow the media the space to operate in an unobstructed way. Thus, we encourage authorities to be mindful of balance, and carefully weigh in the dissemination of information that is important for the public to know. Facts must always be allowed to come to light, even they if call for accountability or call out abuses or corruption," Ambassador Berton said.

Adea Pirdeni, Albanian Deputy Minister of Justice, Teresa Ribeiro, OSCE Representative on the Freedom of the Media, Ambassador Luigi Soreca, Chargé d'affaires a.i., EU Delegation to Albania, Giulia Re, Head of the Council of Europe (CoE) Office in Tirana, also delivered welcoming remarks.

The Forum's second session was dedicated to the main challenges emerging with the recent extended use of Artificial Intelligence and its impact on media. Discussions focused on the importance of transparence, access to information and the verification of facts as a tool in the fight against corruption and in promoting professional journalism.

A special ceremony was held during the Forum to announce the winners of the OSCE Fact Checking Competition 2023. They are:

  • Arbjona Çibuku from Citizens Channel for the article "The Orbital Forest of Tirana".
  • Esmeralda Cenollari from for the article: "By Pass of Vlora".
  • Ilda Koçi from for the article "All the roads of Shijak lead to the Park, a bill of 40 million lek for the park that does not exist!".

This year's Competition was focused more on fact checking and use of open-source data, aiming to promote fact-based journalism, advocating the use of publicly-sourced data, and championing solid newsgathering skills.


Joana Karapataqi
National Public Affairs and Reporting Officer
Office of Head of Presence
OSCE Presence in Albania
Mak Albania Hotel, 1st Floor
Sheshi "Italia"
Office: +35542240001 Ext. 3060