Early in the morning, monday march 27, 2023, Top Channel was hit by a terrorist attack, never seen before in 32 years of building the state of law and freedom of expression
The consequence of this attack was the death of the security worker, Pal Kola, who was on duty, part of the staff of the security company “Öktapus”.
At 00.40, Pal Kola was found in the center of the barrage with 25 bullets, in the direction of the Top Channel building.
The death of Pal Kola, the father and husband, in the line of duty, is the biggest shock for Top Channel.
We offer our deepest condolences to the Kola family, standing by their side as they face this tragedy.
Top Channel expresses the clarity that this unprecedented terrorist act was carried out to damage and attack the mission of free media and the power of freedom speech.
Top Channel was founded and created with the spirit of the man who built not only the idea of an Albanian media with western values, but above all a media that is represented by a large group of outstanding professionals, public figures and intellectuals, that every day in an unstoppable television broadcast, they serve the public with full dedication.
Terrorist attacks of this type clearly show how important free speech is and how worrying it is to undermine democracy.
In the name of the highest duty we serve, Top Channel will continue to inherit and carry out its mission of free speech to the public and Albanian society.
In the name of this mission, Top Channel requests and expects a full disclosure of the incident from the law enforcement bodies.
The disclosure of this act should be a priority for law enforcement bodies, because an employee of Top Channel was killed, but also because this is an assassination attempt against the television that has served in transparency and support of the law by contributing information, awareness and strengthening of law institutions for Albanian society.
This terrorist act, unprecedented against a national media, it is only related to its mission of free speech.
Top Channel, its shareholders and family members, managers, journalists and authors, have not ever been the target of any individual attack since its establishment, everything in this terrorist act is related and has only to do with Top Channel’s mission.
This unprecedented crime and terrorist act requires an immediate, responsible and tough response from the State Police and justice institutions, to bring the perpetrators of the murder to justice.
Top Channel, is and will be, at the service of the Albanian public, despite the constant pressures of those who undermine democracy, who recognize and tolerate all the free media that worship and build alongside Western values for the construction of institutions and principles of society Albanian.