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The state of media in Kosovo continues to suffer from problems similar to the past years, including the issues with operational ineffectiveness of media institutions, safety of journalists, and maintaining high reporting and journalism standards. While freedom of media and expression are largely safeguarded by law, the implementation of the respective laws and regulations remains inadequate. Associations of journalists are finding it difficult to have a meaningful voice to protect their members and the triad of law enforcement, judiciary, and the prosecution are not coordinating effectively enough to process crimes against journalists. The European Commission’s Report on Kosovo has identified the safety of journalists as a critical shortcoming that Kosovo ought to address urgently. According to the Association of Journalists in Kosovo (AJK), there were 13 cases of verbal attacks and three physical attacks against journalists in 2019 (similar level as 2018). From January to December 2020, the OSCE Mission in Kosovo has recorded 30 cases of threats against journalists. In at least two instances, high-level politicians were involved. While the overall number of threats and attacks increaseds in 2020, according to the AJK, there has been also an increase in derogatory statements and smears made by politicians and aimed at the media, publicly undermining trust in journalistic reporting and the safety of journalists. Adjudication of cases remains slow. Other than condemnation by the international community, few politicians and including also the Prime Minister, and associations of journalists, very few concrete action are being taken to change the current environment where such crimes are tolerated. Moreover, such cases are rarely thoroughly investigated and brought to justice.
On 8 January 2021, the Basic Court in Prishtinë/Priština found one perpetrator guilty for the criminal offense of physical attack in December 2020, against a journalist and an editor of a news portal, sentencing him with a fine in the amount of 4,500.00 euros, as well as three more cases were prosecuted and perpetrators have been charged for threats, intimidation, blackmailing, physical attack and hacking of media website that occurred in 2019 and 2020.
MS seeks to engage a local consultant to provide legal aid to the AJK and its members. The consultant will assist the AJK in revising and reforming its Statute and Rules and Procedure, following the amendment of the law on Freedom of Association in Non-Governmental Organizations.
The duration of consultancy is 100 working days.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Under the direct supervision and guidance of the Project Manager and Activity Manager, the local consultant will:
After receiving information from Media Section project manager on planned tasks assigned, the local consultant will:
Remuneration will depend on the qualifications and experience of individual experts as well as the detailed work plan to be agreed upon and will be based on the current OSCE consultancy rates.
How To Apply
In order to apply for this position you must complete the OSCE's online application form, found under https://jobs.osce.org/.Applicants are encouraged to use the online recruitment and only fully completed OSCE applications will be accepted. However, if you have technical difficulties with the system you may use the offline application form found under https://jobs.osce.org/resources/document/offline-application-form and forward the completed form quoting the vacancy number by e-mail to: email@example.com. In line with your qualifications please indicate preference to one or more field of expertise listed above (while using the online application the field of expertise preference can be indicated in the cover letter part). Kindly note that applications received after the deadline, submitted in different formats than the OSCE Application Form or in other languages than the English language would not be considered. The OSCE is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious, ethnic and socialbackgrounds to apply.