30 Jul 2020 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 22 Apr 2020 n° 44/2020 Albania

Blogging Site ‘Medium.com’ Blocked in Albania

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner ECPMF
Partner ECPMF
The Albanian Electronic Communications Authority (AKEP) has ordered the internet service providers to block the domain of the community blogging website Medium.com. The order came following a request by the Albanian Audiovisual Media Authority (AMA) to block the entire domain because it was broadcasting films illegally. AMA requested the blocking on 16 April 2020. The Albanian Media Council reacted against the blocking of the domain stating that if Facebook or Whatsapp contain links to pirated movies, the government should not shut down the entire websites. “If the AMA has requested the closure of medium.com, the action of the AMA would be illegal. If AKEP has taken this decision itself, it is still an illegal act”.
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30 Jul 2020
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