16 November 2020
On November 13, 2020, the Independent Media Commission (IMC), chaired by the IMC Chairman, Mr. Xhevat LATIFI, held its fifth regular meeting for 2020. The Committee approved the agenda of the meeting, followed by the minutes from the previous meeting.
According to the agenda of the meeting, the Commission initially reviewed several legal cases related to violations of the IMC law, ie violations of Article 28, paragraph 2 of the Law on the IMC, Annual Financial Reporting. Annual financial reporting is a legal obligation for license holders, defined by Law no. 04 / L-44 on the Independent Media Commission, ie Article 28, paragraph 1, which provides that: " Licensed audiovisual media services shall present an annual report to IMC, which shall include information concerning programme and action in compliance with license conditions, along with a detailed financial report and such other information as provided for by Law". While Article 28, paragraph 2 of the IMC Law prescribes that: "Annual reports shall be submitted to the IMC no later than March 31st of the ongoing year for the previous year. The IMC may request further information if it deems that the information provided in the annualreports are incomplete.”
After considering the cases, the Commission found that the following licensees: Connect 3, Astra Net, Eagle, Radio Klokot, Radio Urban FM - Prizren, Vision TV, IPTV Tech LLC, and Radio Capital FM, violated Article 28, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the Law on IMC, i.e. they did not submit the annual financial report in accordance with the legal obligation. Therefore, the Commission decided that the above-mentioned entities be sanctioned by the reprimand measure and that they submit an annual report for 2019 within ten (10) days, as defined in Article 28, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the IMC Law. Regarding the following licensees: Radio Borzani, Radio Energji, Radio Kacanik, Radio Shkip FM, Radio Urban FM, Pristina, Radio Antena, Kent FM-Pristina, Radio Helik, Radio Kent FM 2 - Mamusha and Tribuna Channel, after the review, the Commission found that these entities continuously violated Article 28, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the IMC Law, so the Commission decided to sanction these persons within a fine and within ten (10) days to submit the annual report for 2019. as defined in Article 28, paragraphs 1 and 2 of the IMC Law. Following the meeting, the Commission considered several applications in licensing cases. These requests related to the recommendations for the renewal of the license of the distribution operator (DO), for the renewal of the license of the audiovisual media service provider (AMSP), the request for the change of name and ownership as well as the recommendations for revoking the decisions on the AMSP license. The licensed cases reviewed are listed as follows:
After considering the recommendations of the Executive Office for each of the licensing cases, the Commission concluded that all applications met the legal criteria of the IMC and decided to adopt all the recommendations.
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