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Specialist Guide to the
Global Leaders in Media Law Practice
The independence of Albania’s public broadcaster and the regulatory authority are among the industries critical areas of focus along with the government’s agenda for media law changes to follow parliamentary elections.
Potential changes to media law include amendments by the Socialist Party to Article 78/7 of the Election Code that would affect “uncontrolled and unregistered news websites”.
The changes would also allow the authorities to close down websites “if they engage in election propaganda or conduct unauthorized opinion polls or go beyond information”.
According to a report by the European Commission, published in November 2016, ‘The independence of the regulatory authority and public broadcaster must be further strengthened, and transparency of state advertising in the media remains to be enhanced.’
The report also stated that, while the overall environment in Albania is conducive to the freedom of expression, better implementation of legislation is needed.
Media pluralism has also come into question after regulator AMA granted the third digital television network license to Digitalb/Top Channel.
Speaking to the European Federation of Journalists on ownership concentration, Genc Pollo, Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Education and Media, said: “The direct consequence is an over concentration and a quasi monopoly in TV broadcasting which will undoubtedly negatively affect the media pluralism and freedom”.
Boga & Associates’ media work stems from its communications, entertainment and IP specialisation, which earns the firm its leading position. With an established national position, the full-service practice expanded its reach with an office in Kosovo and works closely with clients in both regions. Renata Leka is the firm’s key contact of media-related work, which includes advice on copyright, advertising and unfair competition.
Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha is known for its advice on regulatory issues, data protection, internet, anti-piracy and privacy. The firm is highly regarded for its work with broadcasters and maintains strong links with long-standing clients. Lawyers regularly advise Eurolloto, Telesport Television and Telesport Newspaper and have worked with AGON TV on the acquisition of rights from several international copyright agents on its behalf.
Tonucci & Partners has a distinct practice dedicated to sports and gaming. The firm runs separate divisions for media, IP and data protection. As part of their work practitioners provided legal and regulatory advice to the European Commission and supervised the telecommunications, multimedia and audio-visual legislative reform in countries including Poland, Slovenia and the Slovak Republic.
Media and entertainment are among the strongest practice areas of full-service firm Kalo & Associates. Also known for its IP services, the firm provides regulatory and transactional advice. Practitioners work with leading telecommunications operators, satellite and software companies among others with Anisa Rrumbullaku at the forefront of sector-related activity.
Media clients describe Wolf Theiss as a practice “compounded of professional dynamic lawyers who are always available”. The firm works with clients from the broadcasting industry on multiple complex cases and is highlighted for “several specialties ranging from media law and IP law and commercial law to litigation cases”. Sokol Nako manages the practice and is recognised by clients as “an expert in media law”.
Drakopoulos Law Firm is known for its combined media and intellectual property focus, with areas of expertise including entertainment and publishing law. The team advises on corporation transactions, sector-related disputes and unfair competition. Lawyers also handle advertising complaints in administrative and civil courts.
Loloci & Associates is widely recognised for its litigation expertise in the area of intellectual property, which drives its media activity. The firm is notably active in representing clients before the courts in matters including unfair competition, piracy and other related cases.
Ranking and editorials
Boga & Associates
Hoxha, Memi & Hoxha
Tonucci & Partners
Haxhia & Hajdari Attorneys at Law
Kalo & Associates
Drakopoulos Law Firm
IKRP Rokas & Partners
K&H Law Firm
Loloci & Associates
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