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journalists exchanging regards or making quick plans, it was empty and
still. Two bouquets were propped on the floor, beneath framed photographs of
Rexhep Ramadani, the nightwatchman, and Bajram Kelmendi, the human rights
lawyer, both of whom were killed in the early moments of the bombing one
The scene brought back the fearful early moments of the war, as colleagues
ran for cover and the drama began. As independent journalism collapsed in
both Pristina and Belgrade, and international journalists were expelled,
IWPR scrambled to maintain its network of local journalists throughout and
provide a unique inside view from the ground. Most notably, Gjeraqina Tuhina
continued to report from Pristina before her expulsion. But the bravery of
many Serbian journalists was equally remarkable, keeping their heads and
enduring the risks while working throughout the 78 days.
This special package of Balkan Crisis Report commemorates their efforts. To
assess developments since, we present comments and analysis from a range of
engaged personalities on all sides. Open debate is the key to resolving
current concerns and avoiding new conflicts. And as we can attest, at least
among a small but precious community, it does indeed have a strong tradition
in the region.
-- Anthony Borden
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As coronavirus sweeps the globe, IWPR’s network of local reporters, activists and analysts are examining the economic, social and political impact of this era-defining pandemic.
The effects are proving particularly acute in countries already under stress - whether ethnic division, economic uncertainty, active conflict or a lethal combination of all three.
Our unparalleled local networks, often operating in extremely challenging conditions, look at how the crisis is affecting governance, civil liberties and freedoms as well as assessing policy responses to tackle the virus.