Deputy PM resigns over media law


Kosovo’s deputy prime minister and Justice minister, Hajrudin Kuci, has resigned his posts after parliament voted through a new media law with two clauses which will restrict media freedom.

The two clauses which will force journalists to disclose their sources and face imprisonment if their stories lead to criminal or defamation charges have been condemned by Reporters without Frontiers. The clauses have also been condemned by the European Union.

Although parliament passed the bill months ago, it was returned by the president who asked them to amend the two clauses. Yesterday they failed to do so, instead passing the original bill which led to the resignation.

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