Skopje, 16 January 2023 – The Agency for Audio and Audiovisual Media Services strongly condemns yesterday’s statement by the president of DUI, Ali Ahmeti, labelling Telma TV and Alfa TV channels as enemies of the Albanians.

Public figures, presidents of political parties in particular, should be aware that the freedom of expression also implies responsibility. Instead of using inappropriate communication, they should lead by example and manifest the highest level of respect for one of the key pillars of democracy – the media.

The Agency wishes to remind that it is necessary to observe the European standards and calls on the politicians to refrain from using language that discredits media and stirs interethnic intolerance and bias. This kind of behaviour undermines the European integration processes instead of contributing to the state’s democratic development.