Albanian Parliament and AMA organize a round table on “Children in audiovisual media”
Today, on July 12, 2019, the MPs Group “Friends of Children”, from Albanian Parliament organized in cooperation with Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) the joint round table on “Children in audiovisual media”. This meeting is held in function of implementation of recommendations that the Parliament has put forward to AMA.
The participants were MPs, representatives of audiovisual media, representatives of civil society, state institutions, etc.
The purpose of organizing this round table was to create a useful space for discussion with all stakeholders on coverage of problems related to children reporting in audiovisual media.
Mrs. Vasilika Hysi, the Deputy Speaker of Albanian Parliament, at the same time vice chairwoman of MPs Group “Friends of Children”, thanked in her speech the Audiovisual Media Authority for starting the work to implement the recommendations of Albanian Parliament. She emphasized the role of AMA in sensitive issues, such as the rights of children. While transmitting the support of Albanian Parliament for AMA to address issues related to the rights of children, Mrs. Hysi said that this round table is an added value and it is a good moment for the involved stakeholders, media, society and community to reflect on their role in child education.
In turn, Mrs. Milva Ekonomi, Deputy Chairwoman of the Committee of Education and Public Information Media of the Albanian Parliament, talked about the importance of institutional cooperation in protecting the rights of children. She stressed the importance of monitoring of audiovisual content, mainly focusing on violence against children and advertising of energy drinks and drinks containing added sugar, as harmful products for children development.
AMA’s Chairman, Mr. Gentian Sala, talked in his speech about the work that this institution has done in terms of protection of minors in audiovisual broadcasting. Mr. Sala said that there is an increase of media awareness and of the public, as well towards this problem. He pointed out the need for an increased role of public operator as the sole body focused on public interest, above all. Over the last five years, “we have tried to coordinate our work and activities with all stakeholders involved, in order to address this problem properly,”- added Mr. Sala. The most important moment of this activity was the decision of AMA’s Board setting as a priority the protection of minors in audiovisual broadcasting.
Mrs. Elma Tërshana and Mrs. Julia Alushi from Observatory for Children and Youth Rights presented the findings of a study conducted in cooperation with UNICEF on “Media portrayal of children”.
The Head of AMA’s Complaints Committee, Mr. Urim Bajrami, presented in brief the work of this Committee starting from April 2016, when this body was incorporated. He pointed out the conclusions for each complaint handled and explained the good practice adopted to handle the complaints.
The meeting was concluded with open discussions from the participants. This round table will be followed by other meetings in the future.
Religious radios in favor of tolerance and coexistence
At invitation of the Head of Vatican Radio in Albanian language, Dom David Dhuxha, a delegation of Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) is holding a working meeting at this station’s editorial office, which started its broadcasting during the communist regime in our country.
AMA’s delegation is composed of the Chairman, Mr. Gentian Sala, Deputy Chairman, Mr. Sami Nezaj, the Board Member Mr. Agron Gjekmarkaj and Head of Programming, Mr. Arben Muka.
The focus of discussions at these meetings was religious radios in our country, their influence and commitment to identify tolerance and coexistence between different religions. The cooperation between editorial offices of Muslim, Orthodox, and Catholic religious radios, and their efforts for programs diversity and professionalism was positively appreciated.
The representatives of AMA delegation were also invited to hold a conversation in the studio of Vatican Radio in Albanian language. There was brought forward the proposal to organize in Tirana a round table with representatives of all religious radios in Albania, and to invite media and communication experts, lecturers and journalism researchers, clergy from all religious communities, etc.
Audiovisual Media Authority
July 2, 2019
Audiovisual Media Authority and Montenegrin Electronic and Postal Communications Agency Sign a Memorandum of Understanding
On May 30, 2019, Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) and Montenegrin Electronic and Postal Communications Agency (EKIP) signed a “Memorandum of Understanding for Exchanging Information in the Field of Electronic Communications and Audiovisual Media” .
EKIP hosted in its premises AMA’s Deputy Chairperson, Mr. Sami Nezaj, Head of AMA Cabinet, Mr. Dritan Xhelili, and Head of Frequency Band Planning and ICT, Mrs. Elkeda Domi.
According to the agenda, after the welcoming speech of the President of EKIP Council, Mr. Branko Kovijanic, Mr. Sami Nezaj thanked our counterparts for the cooperation made so far and emphasized the importance of continuing this cooperation in the framework of our common interests. The situation of Montenegrin electronic communications market and the situation of Albanian audio/audiovisual market were discussed in this meeting. They also discussed over the importance of effective regulation of electronic communications and audiovisual media sector and further promotion of activities and amicable relations between the parties.
This Memorandum of Understanding will contribute to further enhancing cooperation between the Republic of Montenegro and the Republic of Albania. It will also provide support with development of electronic communications and audiovisual media sector.
The Audiovisual Media Authority and Montenegrin Electronic and Postal Communications Agency will continue further the bilateral dialogue between them in support of the signed Memorandum.
Audiovisual Media Authority
Tirana, on May 30, 2019