Justice in Kosovo TV Programme

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BIRN Kosovo’s ,Justice in Kosovo” TV programme, which was launched in November 2010, focuses on the fields of justice, police and security reporting.

The programme features studio debates on justice related issues, TV field reports on justice and court monitoring, as well as lengthy TV reports about
police activities in the field.

The purpose of this programme is to prevent and fight crime, curb negative phenomena in society, improve citizen-police relations, improve road traffic safety, and raise awareness of security issues among citizens of Kosovo and address their problems. The entire programme lasts 60 minutes and is broadcast on public broadcaster Radio Television of Kosovo, RTK, every Sunday starting from 21:00.

A significant part of ,Justice in Kosovo” is the police report, which has been developed based on the concept of
in the United States. This report features police actions in the field that BIRN is allowed to film, having reached an exclusive agreement with the Kosovo Police.

The show also hosts debates on subjects ranging from constitutional reform to the impact of Kosovo’s secret service on the judicial system and the sentencing policies followed by the courts. Many of the reports and debates produced by BIRN Kosovo have led to action being taken by judicial and political figures in the country.
Reports aired on ,Justice in Kosovo” also often include the court monitoring work carried out by BIRN Kosovo.

,Justice in Kosovo” has been successful in dealing with some of the most prevalent issues in Kosovo, and has had an impact on institutional policies and decisions. For example, in October 2011 ,Justice in Kosovo” reported on a case of domestic violence involving a forced abortion. As a result, the Kosovo Ombudsperson contacted BIRN to get information regarding the case and launched the standard procedures for further investigation into the incident. In addition, BIRN has sent formal complaints to the Office of the Disciplinary Council of the Kosovo Judicial Council, the Kosovo Prosecutorial Council, the Kosovo Police and the Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare for failing to take action against civil servants who misused official positions and violated human rights.

In another example, ,Justice in Kosovo” broadcast a debate in May 2011 on the impact of Kosovo’s secret service on the judicial system. This included a report on injustices suffered by Prishtina municipal officials, who were put in detention because of suspected offences. ,Justice in Kosovo” revealed that the cases against these officials were politically influenced. Only a week later, the officials from the municipality of Prishtina were released under regular procedures.

,Justice in Kosovo” has continued to grow in recognition and credibility, and in a short time it has achieved major success in viewership rates and its capacity to have an impact on the lives of citizens, as well as the justice system.

In order to produce this TV programme, BIRN partners with Internews Kosova, a local NGO specialising in media production and media development.