Albania’s Electronic and Postal Communications Authority has given 44 websites – a 72-hour deadline to register with tax officials or be shut down.
However the statement did not cite the legislation that deems this to be necessary.
The move comes after Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Friday that websites must be ‘legalised’ by registering with the tax authorities as part of an ‘anti-defamation’ drive targeting online media.
Rama said he wanted to ensure the “urbanisation of the online jungle”.
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