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Changes to Kosovo Criminal Code Would Force Journalists to Reveal Sources

Changes to Kosovo Criminal Code Would Force Journalists to Reveal Sources
SEEMO Urges President to Send Proposed Law Back to Parliament
VIENNA, April 24, 2012 – The Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO), an affiliate of the International Press Institute (IPI), is dismayed at recent changes in the Kosovo Penal Code, approved on April 20 in the Kosovo parliament.

According to the controversial articles 37 and 38, journalists will be held criminally liable if they do not reveal their sources. These changes, approved by MPs against the opinion of the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo and other civil society organizations, as well as against the advice of the Ministry of Justice, appear to benefit those accused of bribery or illicit activities.

One daily illustrated the situation: a journalist could end up in prison if he or she does not reveal a source that has denounced irregularities or bribes.

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