In September, an investigative television show aired recorded conversations in which a government official appeared to pressure two nephews of President Alfred Moisiu to convince their uncle to fire the attorney general, whom Berisha has accused of corruption in a politically charged standoff.
Albania has 66 private television stations, at least 45 private radio stations, and roughly 200 print publications in circulation.
Algerian courts are subject to government pressure when adjudicating cases of libel and related offenses.
Free expression was dealt another blow in 2006 as a result of President Abdelaziz Bouteflikas plan for national reconciliation after the civil conflict of the 1990s.
Many independent media outlets are hampered by a lack of revenue.
Despite the absence of government restrictions, barely six percent of the population is able to use the internet on a regular basis.
Article 34 of the new constitution, passed in January 2004, provides for freedom of the press and of expression.
The May 2004 press law guarantees the right of citizens to obtain information and prohibits censorship.
In the country's underdeveloped economic environment, the majority of media outlets remain dependent on the state, political parties, or international donors for financial support.
However, in September 2004 the first independent radio station supported entirely by private sector funds was inaugurated in Ghazni province.
Religious conservatives also targeted the progressive Tolo TV, which had been criticized by clerics for airing programs that "oppose Islam and national values." In May, a popular female television presenter who had worked at Tolo was murdered, possibly by family members who did not approve job, and other program hosts received threats or were forced off the air, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.