The Life in Kosovo TV debate, which is a co-production of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network – BIRN and Kosovo’s public broadcaster, RTK increased once again its audience ratings during a live broadcast on Friday.
Last Friday’s show discussed whether the forthcoming electoral campaign and the election process are having a negative impact on the process of determining Kosovo’s long-term status. The programme asked if political parties and leaders have started to concentrate more on the elections at the expense of the status issue.
Panellists in the studio to discuss these and other election-related issues were prominent candidates standing for election: Genc Gorani, from the reformist party ORA, Edita Tahiri, from the Democratic Alternative of Kosovo, Ali Lajci, from the Democratic League of Kosovo, Bujar Dugolli from the Alliance for the Future of Kosovo. They were joined by Shpend Ahmeti a civil society activist.
During the live broadcast of the TV debate, moderated by BIRN Kosovo director Jeta Xharra, the audience had a chance to address their questions to the panel through a call centre. The show received over 100 calls, with some of the best among them put to the panel during the broadcast.
Life in Kosovo is a weekly current affairs program with the highest audience ratings for current affairs programmes in Kosovo after the evening news. The program is transmitted prime time on RTK, and is the only Kosovo TV programme that is re-transmitted in Serbia, on B92 TV – valued for its credibility, fairness and unbiased treatment of its topics.
Xharra interviewed international diplomats regarding Kosovo’s status during the last 12 months including Javier Solana, Nicholas Burns, Frank Wisner, Richard Holbrooke, Madeleine Albright and other prominent regional and Kosovan politicians have also been interviewed.
Gabriel Partos, the BBC’s South-east Europe analyst, joined BIRN this week as full time Editor of Balkan Insight.
Partos has been reporting and analysing developments in the Balkans and central Europe since 1986.
“I am looking forward to joining the talented BIRN team”, Partos says, “particularly at a time when Balkan Insight is broadening and deepening its coverage with more news stories, more business reporting and more life-style material.”
While at the BBC World Service, Partos worked in the Newsroom, ran its Current Affairs & Information Section and headed its Albanian Service.
However, he spent most of his time focusing on the changing face of the Balkans and central Europe – a subject on which he has contributed articles to a number of newspapers, specialist publications and web sites, including The Guardian, The Independent, and the Economist Intelligence Unit.
He is the author of an interview-based history of the Cold War.
In addition to his editorial duties, which he formally takes up on 15 September, Partos will be working also as a member of BIRN’s training team.
The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will continue to support BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Justice Report publication through to the end of 2008 after a new agreement was signed in August.
The agreement extends Norway’s support for BIRN’s highly-praised project for the next 18 months.
Justice Report has become a leading source of information in the local and English languages on war crimes trials before domestic courts and on the region’s struggle to deal with its past.
To subscribe to Justice Report or find out more about this project, please visit www.bim.ba or write to BIRN BiH director, Nerma Jelacic at [email protected]
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina’s quest to expand the reach of Justice Report to rural and diaspora communities of Bosnia and Herzegovina received support in September from the OSCE mission in Sarajevo
An agreement between BIRN BiH and OSCE has secured funding for the production of a series of eight radio programmes covering the issue of war crimes justice and transitional justice before lower-level judicial institutions.
This will expand BIRN BiH’s current presence on the radio-waves of Bosnia and Herzegovina which previously consisted of brief reports about the trials taking place before the state Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The programmes to be recorded September through to December will be aired on partner stations at the beginning of 2008.
To find out more about this project or to subscribe to Justice Report, please visit www.bim.ba or write to BIRN BiH director Nerma Jelacic at [email protected]
This Friday the Life in Kosovo show presents a TV documentary special filmed in New York about the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on 11 September 2001.
The Life in Kosovo show travelled to New York in order to reveal the different stories and reflections of the city’s inhabitants about the day of the devastating attacks and their aftermath.
How did Americans feel on the day of the attack on the Twin Towers? What consequences did these attacks have for US society? What do they think of the ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and how do New Yorkers perceive Muslims after the 9/11 attacks?
The Life in Kosovo show is a co-production of BIRN and Kosovo’s public television, RTK. It is broadcast on RTK every Friday, starting at 20:15.
BIRN announces the extension of its network to Albania, thanks to the generous support of the National Endowment for Democracy. BIRN’s project, which will run from September 2007 until July 2008, will consist of investigative journalism training and publication.
With this grant, the Network will strengthen the capacity of journalists in Albania to produce high quality reports on key issues in the country and the region. BIRN will also be able to help expand the reach and impact of local reporting on important issues affecting citizens in Albania. The project will consist of training and mentoring activities, thus offering Albanian journalists the opportunity to become familiar with and adopt the established international reporting standards. The project aims to train a group of journalists who will produce insightful and analytical stories of high quality for BIRN’s online regional news magazine, Balkan Insight.
Besar Likmeta will be editor and project manager for Albania. He can be directly contacted at [email protected]
This Friday, the television show “Life in Kosovo” gets back to a discussion on the quality of education in Kosovo.
Key points to be elaborated during the debates are: What is offered by university education in Kosovo? Is the quality of studies better in the University of Pristina or in recently established private universities? What are the values, advantages and disadvantages of university education in Kosovo? Is Kosovo producing enough educated people able to compete with graduates in the region and across Europe? To whom are the private universities accountable for the quality of studies?
Studio panelist discussing these issues and more are:
Luan Ahma – vice rector for academic issues in the University of Pristina; Lindita Tahiri – professor at the University of Pristina; Leon Malazogu – from the Kosova Institute for Policy Research and Development, KIPRED; Ismet Gashi – owner of the private Dardania University Basri Muja – former professor at Dardania University; Edmond Hajrizi – owner of UBT, University for Business and Technology; Salal Ahmetxhekaj – owner of FAMA University Mexhait Reci – owner of Iliria University
“Life in Kosovo” is a co-production of RTK and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN Kosovo, and is broadcast every Friday beginning at 20:15.
This Friday the Life in Kosovo show will focus on sexual education.
How much are young people and adults informed about contraception and unwanted pregnancies? Do they know how to use contraceptives? Is sexual education needed as a part of the curriculum in Kosovo’s schools, as in western countries? If so, in which grade? Or are we still ashamed to talk about sex in our homes and schools?
Jeta Xharra’s guests for this show are:
Sueda Hoxha – Gynaecologist and chief of the maternity room in the University Clinical Centre of Kosovo;
Ramush Lekaj – Official from the Ministry of Education, who is in charge of primary and secondary school curriculum;
Linda Gucia – Sociologist,
Besfort Krasniqi – Activist in the NGO “Fisniket” from Prizren;
Lura Limani – Activist and student, who just finished the “Sami Frasheri” high school in Pristina.
The “Life in Kosovo” TV debate, is a cooperation between the public television of Kosovo RTK and Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN and is broadcasted every Friday at 20:15.
During this Life in Kosovo show, panellists will debate the justice system in Kosovo.
Do we have justice in Kosovo? Who has more competences in Kosovo’s field of justice, local or international authorities? Why are cases of custody like Albin Kurti’s case being prolonged? Is Albin Kurti a political prisoner?
The following panel will discuss these and other issues concerning Kosovo’s justice system:
Kujtim Kërveshi – First Advisor of the Minister of Justice;
Julie Chadborune – International Federation of Helsinki for Human Rights;
Gjylbehare Murati – lawyer from the institution of the Ombudsperson
Ismet Kabashi – prosecutor in the supreme court and also a representative and member of the Judicial Council
Valon Murati – Human Rights Center
And Albin Kurti – leader of the “Vetevendosje!” movement, who is under house arrest, will participate in the debate live via internet connection.
Live in Kosovo is a BIRN organised TV debate, which is broadcast on Kosovo public television, RTK, every Friday beginning at 20:15.
This Friday’s Life in Kosovo show will broadcast interviews with two members of the Unity Team, the prime minister Agim Çeku and the head of Democratic Party of Kosovo, Hashim Thaçi, who will talk about the resolution of Kosovo’s future status.
The following questions will be raised in the programme: Should Kosovo independence be declared unilaterally? What advice did Kosovo leaders get from the Bush administration? What did US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice tell Kosovars and what have Kosovars told her? When will Kosovo declare its independence? What’s the date of Kosovo’s independence? Is there still unity amongst Kosovar leaders? Will Kosovo hold elections this November?
Life in Kosovo is a BIRN-organised TV debate, which is broadcast on Kosovo public television, RTK, every Friday beginning at 20:15.