Comment: Albanian Police Cannot Justify the Arrests of Journalists under Domestic Law
The arrest of journalists Xhoi Malësia and Qamil Xhani during the protests of December 2020 was another blow to freedom of speech and press in Albania. The reaction of local and international organizations was immediate. This act violated a right protected not only by the Constitution of the Republic of Albania, but by international conventions towards which Albania has an obligation to strictly implement.
Precisely, this conclusion of the court rejects any justification of the police regarding the allegation that Malësia and Xhani could not be identified as journalists. The fact that they have been gathering information on an event of public interest, the convention offers them a protection which cannot be altered even by domestic law which the police refer to without offering any legal arguments.