Institute for War and Peace Reporting | Giving Voice, Driving Change

EDITOR'S NOTE

The well-trafficked stairway to Koha Ditore, the Pristina
By IWPR

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


year ago.


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