KOSOVO APPEAL COURT VERDICT GIVES YIHR KS RIGHT IN CONTEST WITH KLAN KOSOVA
After an 11-year legal battle between YIHR KS and Klan Kosova, the Kosovo Court of Appeals upheld the decision of the Basic Court in Prishtina, considering the lawsuit for defamation of Klan Kosova as unfounded.In May 2010, the Youth Initiative for Human Rights – Kosovo published a 50-page report “Shrinking Public Space Governance and Freedom of Expression in Kosovo”, a result of a six-month research effort set up by YIHR KS that concerns the television in question was favoring a particular political party, specifically the PDK. The report raised many important issues and received numerous praises for a bold research and thorough analysis of disturbing institutional phenomena during the first two years of Kosovo’s independence. On June 25, 2010, Klan Kosova had filed a lawsuit in the Basic Court in Pristina against YIHR KS claiming that the report had damaged the image of television and had demanded 285 thousand euros as a compensation. It is worth noting that the media in question had failed to bring evidence that would prove that the television reputation had been damaged after the publication of the research report. Strategic lawsuits against public participation known as SLAPP lawsuits seriously endanger and violate the right to freedom of expression. If the media in question were to win the battle, censorship of this freedom would be allowed and the role of civil society in addressing and raising concerns about the endangerment of democracy in the country would be greatly undermined. See the report at this LINK.