BIRN Kosovo Director Participates In Press Freedom Debate

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Jeta Xharra, BIRN’s Kosovo Director took part in the International Festival of Journalism in Perugia, Italy where she was on the panel for a discussion on Press Freedom and Human Rights, on 13 April 2008.

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Xharra spoke about the experiences of establishing the most watched current affairs programme in Kosovo, “Life in Kosovo”, a show which tackles head-on the most pressing and controversial issues in Kosovo’s society, ranging from the lack of inter-ethnic tolerance, weak education system, corruption in the healthcare system and Kosovo’s main power supplier as well as topics such as political transparency and the much debated Kosovan identity.

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Xharra was in a panel with Ahmat Zeidane Bichara, a journalist from Chad currently seeking political asylum in France because of the stories he has covered, Cai Chongguo, a Chinese expert on online censorship, Domenico Affinito a member of Reporters sans Frontières (Reporters Without Borders) in Italy and Enzo Nucci, the chief Nairobi correspondent with Italy’s RAI network.

The session was open to the public and the audience, mainly comprised of the students from the journalism school in Perugia, participated in the question and answer session.

Other international speakers at the 2008 festival included Carl Bernstein, Alastair Campbell, Christopher Dickey, Peter Eisner, Robert Fisk, Roy Greenslade, Bachi Karkaria, Eric Laurent, Ann Leslie, Robert Ménard, Anne Nivat, Fred Pearce, Knut Royce, Michael Specter, Alexander Stille, Philippe Val and many more.

Media represented included Al Jazeera International, BBC, Charlie Hebdo, CNN, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, The Economist, Le Figaro, France Presse, The Guardian, The Independent, The New Scientist, Newsweek, The New Yorker, The Observer, Le Point, Private Eye, Reporters sans Frontières, Reuters,
The Times, The Times of India, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post
and others.

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