Albania profile

Satellite dishes in Albania Private broadcasters have mushroomed

Public broadcaster Albanian Radio and TV (RTSh) operates national radio and TV networks. It faces competition from scores of privately-owned outlets.

TV is the most influential medium. Many viewers watch Italian and Greek stations via terrestrial reception. The BBC (103.9 MHz in Tirana), Deutsche Welle, Radio France Internationale and the Voice of America are carried on FM.

Sensationalism is often the norm in the print media. There are some 150 newspaper titles, including 23 dailies. Political parties publish their own titles.

The constitution guarantees free expression, but the "intermingling of powerful business, political, and media interests" has inhibited the development of independent outlets, said US-based Freedom House in 2012. Reporters are subject to legal pressure, and in some cases physical attacks, it added.

Some 1.4 million Albanians were online by June 2012 ( There are more than 1 million Facebook users (

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Shekulli logo Several Albanian papers are available online



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