Al: Election Data Breach Story Renews Press Freedom Debate in Albania

Mimoza Picari and Keida Kostreci report:

First came the news that the personal data of over 900,000 Albanians might be in the hands of party officials. Then came the news that the journalists who broke the story had been ordered by an anti-corruption court to hand over devices, including computers and cellphones.

As Albania heads to national polls Sunday, with the ruling Socialist Party seeking a third term in office, the controversy over alleged misuse of personal data and the fact that an anti-corruption unit exerted pressure on, the news site that revealed the alleged breach, has sparked a debate over press freedom.

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