Andrej Hunko (Germany, UEL), PACE monitoring rapporteur for Albania, has expressed his surprise at the draft amendments to the criminal code regarding “Defamation towards senior officials or elected officials.”
“Just a year ago, when it adopted Resolution 2019 (2014), the Assembly welcomed the abolition of prison sentences for insult and defamation and the abolition of special protection against defamation for specific categories of people, and called on the parliament to fully decriminalise defamation. These proposals go fully against these recommendations. I am very concerned by this development,” he said.
The rapporteur called on the Albanian parliament not to adopt these proposals and instead to move towards full decriminalisation of defamation as called for in Resolution 2019 (2014).