Meeting between KBA and AJK

06 September 2017

In the meeting held on 06.09.2017 in the offices of the Kosovo Bar Association, the President of the KBA, Osman Havolli and Executive Director Mr. Yll Zekaj, hosted in the meeting the President of the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, Shkëlqim Hysenaj and Researcher of Association of Kosovo Journalists, Ardian Nikolla.

President of AJK expressing the reasons for the meeting for the purpose of co-operation and coordination of activities, based also on the previous cooperation that AJK and KBA had been asked by the KBA to deepen this cooperation. Representatives of AJK asked the KBA to find alternatives to the defense or legal advice from lawyers in various court cases being held against journalists, and to provide universal legal aid from the KBA.

President Havolli stated that the KBA is open to cooperation with the Association of Journalists of Kosovo based on the previous co-operation agreement but now he declares that they will give support and will find ways and methods of how to move on.

Executive Director of KBA Yll Zekaj emphasized the need to reach a co-operation agreement with the aim of finding opportunities for providing permanent legal services by lawyers for members of AJK, which would include representation in journalists' court attorneys and legal aid in general for journalists. Also Mr. Zekaj said that through joint projects between KBA and AJK we will be able to find funding opportunities to provide the necessary legal aid to journalists.

At the end of the meeting between the Kosovo Bar Association and the Association of Journalists of Kosovo, it remained to be discussed in the next meetings for the agreement, the key points and its specifics.

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