Italian Journalist Promises New Facts in Engjëll Agaçi Investigation

Italian journalist Sigfrido Ranucci responds to Albanian PM Edi Rama's accusations over a 'Report' documentary, promising to reveal new facts about a high-ranking official's alleged ties to drug traffickers, sparking a heated dispute over press freedom and anti-corruption efforts.

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Italian Journalist Promises New Facts in Engjëll Agaçi Investigation

Italian Journalist Promises New Facts in Engjëll Agaçi Investigation

Sigfrido Ranucci, an Italian journalist from Rai3 and vice president of RAI, has responded to accusations made by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama regarding a documentary aired on the 'Report' program. The documentary revealed propaganda about Albania's fight against corruption and organized crime, as well as issues with the country's justice reform.

Ranucci stated that Engjëll Agaçi, the General Secretary of the Albanian Council of Ministers, had admitted in a conversation to being a lawyer for drug traffickers. The journalist promised to publish this conversation soon. Prime Minister Rama had accused the 'Report' program of defamation against Albania and not considering Agaçi's version of events, which Rama claims was not published.

In response, Ranucci has vowed to publish new facts related to the investigation into Engjëll Agaçi next Sunday. Rama rejects reports in the Italian media 'La Repubblica' that he had a 'furious' phone call with the director of RAI 3 regarding the 'Report' show. The Prime Minister says there was no such call, but simply a request for a conversation about what he calls "the most scandalous defamation" by the program.

Engjëll Agaçi, the General Secretary of the Prime Minister's Office, plans to file criminal charges against the Italian journalist for not publishing his written responses to questions. Rama states that the journalist "appeared in a sewer in Tirana and spoke about the victim's refusal to answer," but claims that Agaçi had in fact provided written answers within the requested deadline.

Why this matters: The ongoing dispute between the Albanian government and the Italian media raises concerns about press freedom and the transparency of Albania's anti-corruption efforts. The promised revelations from the Rai3 journalist could shed further light on the allegations against a high-ranking Albanian official.

As the controversy continues, both Prime Minister Rama and journalist Sigfrido Ranucci stand by their respective positions. Rama denounces the 'Report' program as defamatory, while Ranucci insists on the veracity of the information presented and pledges to provide additional evidence. The impending criminal charges against Ranucci by Agaçi add another layer to the complex situation. The coming days and weeks may bring further developments and disclosures in this unfolding story.

Key Takeaways

  • Italian journalist Sigfrido Ranucci accused of defaming Albania's anti-corruption efforts
  • Ranucci claims Albanian official Engjëll Agaçi admitted to representing drug traffickers
  • Rama denies 'furious' call with RAI 3 director, but requests conversation on 'defamation'
  • Agaçi plans to file criminal charges against Ranucci for not publishing his responses
  • Dispute raises concerns about press freedom and transparency of Albania's anti-corruption