Saturday, April 29, 2006

Kosovo’s press get thumbs-up



A European watchdog has declared press freedom in the UN-governed Kosovo to be in “good shape."

Miklos Haraszti, the media freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), visited the region for two days before his April 27 statement. He said that “the good spirit in the present political climate contributes to a situation where media can work with few obstacles and their rights are largely respected and guaranteed.”

Haraszti’s assessment comes at a crucial juncture in Kosovo’s political future. The European Union is considering taking a lead in creating a new government for Kosovo. A fourth round of UN-moderated talks between Serbs and ethnic Albanians are scheduled for May 4 and 5 in Vienna. IJNET

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