Responding to a request by the Speaker of the Assembly of Albania, the Council of Europe Secretary General had requested assistance for an assessment of the independence and efficient functioning of the Albanian Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) using the INDIREG methodology, developed in 2010 on the occasion of a very comprehensive study on the independence of regulators carried out by a research consortium on behalf of the European Commission.
The assessment report for Albania, which was carried out by Dr Kristina Irion (IViR - NL), Dr Sara Svensson (CEU - HU), Michèle Ledger (Cullen International - BE), and Erion Fejzulla (University of Leiden - NL, Tirana - AL), was completed in November 2014.
The objective of the study was to apply both the formal and de facto ranking tools to AMA, based on the country tables and information gathered from stakeholders and other interested parties during September and October 2014 and to propose policy recommendations.
This study is a follow-up initiative to the regional conference ‘Indicators for Independence of Media Regulatory Bodies’ held in Tirana in March 2014, which was organized in the framework of the Council of Europe project ‘Promoting freedom of expression and information and freedom of the media in South-East Europe’.
The Independence and functioning of the Audiovisual Media Authority of Albania
Assessment using the INDIREG Methodology (pdf)