A joint project implemented by Centre for Democracy and Reconciliation in South-Eastern Europe – CRDSEE, Thessaloniki, Greece, KosovaLive news agency – Prishtina Kosovo, Beta news agency, Belgrade.
The ambition was to create a window for establishing a culture of dialogue, something that both Albanians and Serbs have sorely lacked in dealing with each other in the past two decades.
Results: The project initiative preceded the actual, still ongoing, top level Brussels mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia at the time when two communities had little or no communication whatsoever.
Check out: www.kosovakosovo.org for more information.
In January 2005, the Beta Media Center, the Center for Democracy and Reconciliation in Southeast Europe (CDRSEE) and KosovaLive embarked on a groundbreaking project, complex enough to have a name that doesn’t say much: The Albanian-Serb Information Exchange Forum (www.kosovakosovo.com
). The goal was to create an independent, accurate, balanced and impartial website which would offer cost free and bias free news and opinions on Kosovo and all the related problems by bringing together two teams of highly skilled professional journalists from Belgrade and Pristina.
The website is trilingual: Albanian, English and Serbian. Next in line was our ambition to create a window for establishing a culture of the dialogue, something that both Albanians and Serbs have sorely lacked in dealing with each other in the past two decades. We also wanted to provide some serious, in depth research on what the attitudes were amongst the population at large, to hear and publicize how the ordinary man on the street – Albanian and Serb alike – sees “the other”, and how he/she views the past and, more importantly, the future.
Finally, we had the ambition to go beyond cyberspace, to get as many reprints and broadcasts of our published material as possible in Albanian and Serbian media, to organize meetings and bring together the journalists from two sides. To work together to achieve what any dedicated journalist sees as his greatest duty – writing for the truth, not one side or the other.