Few would disagree that RTLM crossed a red line between journalism and criminal incitement. The real question is whether any society needs an additional layer of bureaucracy between journalists and the law. On the whole, Kosovo journalists argue that their society does need such a layer. While Koha Ditore editor Baton Haxhiu says that he "opposes any form of censorship," he has nonetheless joined an official body that will effectively help the OSCE censor Kosovo's press.
So far, the worst effect of media hate speech that the OSCE can point to was the tearing down of a Serbian statue in the town of Gjilan or Djilane (in Albanian and Serbo-Croatian respectively), after weeks of Albanian nationalist broadcasts on local radio beginning in July. Recently, however, there has been an upsurge in ethnic violence there and elsewhere in Kosovo. It remains to be seen whether the new Media Policy Board will manage to discourage criminal incitement in the future.
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