Event Title

Protecting freedom of speech in Kosovo after the declaration of independence

Session

Journalism, Media and Communication

Description

Freedom of speech, which is synonymous with the words "freedom of expression," freedom of opinion ", freedom of thought", "freedom of the media", "freedom of information", "freedom of communication", is a universal right in it all democratic states. Freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental freedoms guaranteed against oppression or state regulation. After the war in Kosovo, there has been a tendency to create a legal framework that will "instill" democracy in the country and stabilize Kosovo, as a post-conflict country, including the promotion of the right to freedom of speech. Following, Kosovo's independence in 2008, the country has made some improvements in this regard by establishing constitutional and legal basis compatible with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (CE, 1950) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN, 1948), as well as other international legal provisions. However, this progress in defending freedom is not enough for a country like Kosovo that claims to have a democratic society. According to the European Commission's Kosovo Report for 2018 (EC, 2018), “The legislative and institutional framework in this area remains fragmented and ineffective”. This paper reflects the legal and constitutional provisions on this matter since 2008, respectively after the declaration of independence. It also looks at the practical situation of protecting freedom of speech in Kosovo, with a particular focus on the period after 2008, respectively the period after the Independence of Kosovo.

Keywords:

Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Media, Freedom of Expression, Fundamental Rights, Kosovo, After Independence.

Session Chair

Votim Hanoli

Session Co-Chair

Adnan Merovci

Proceedings Editor

Edmond Hajrizi

ISBN

978-9951-550-19-2

Location

Pristina, Kosovo

Start Date

26-10-2019 3:30 PM

End Date

26-10-2019 5:00 PM

DOI

10.33107/ubt-ic.2019.138

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Protecting freedom of speech in Kosovo after the declaration of independence

Pristina, Kosovo

Freedom of speech, which is synonymous with the words "freedom of expression," freedom of opinion ", freedom of thought", "freedom of the media", "freedom of information", "freedom of communication", is a universal right in it all democratic states. Freedom of speech is one of the most important fundamental freedoms guaranteed against oppression or state regulation. After the war in Kosovo, there has been a tendency to create a legal framework that will "instill" democracy in the country and stabilize Kosovo, as a post-conflict country, including the promotion of the right to freedom of speech. Following, Kosovo's independence in 2008, the country has made some improvements in this regard by establishing constitutional and legal basis compatible with the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (CE, 1950) and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UN, 1948), as well as other international legal provisions. However, this progress in defending freedom is not enough for a country like Kosovo that claims to have a democratic society. According to the European Commission's Kosovo Report for 2018 (EC, 2018), “The legislative and institutional framework in this area remains fragmented and ineffective”. This paper reflects the legal and constitutional provisions on this matter since 2008, respectively after the declaration of independence. It also looks at the practical situation of protecting freedom of speech in Kosovo, with a particular focus on the period after 2008, respectively the period after the Independence of Kosovo.