Two Awards for BIRN Fellowship Alumna Arbana Xharra

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Arbana Xharra, editor of Kosovo daily Zeri and an alumna of the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, was given two awards in December for her journalistic work during 2013.

KOHA Group gave Xharra the Rexhai Surroi award for journalism for a series of articles entitled ‘Kosovo Alarmed by Conservative Extremists’, while INPO Ferizaj gave her the ‘Stirring Up Debate’ award for sparking discussion in society on difficult topics such as religious radicalism.

The same topic was the focus of her Fellowship research, which examined how followers of stricter forms of Islam are demanding more rights in Kosovo, provoking a backlash among secularists.