Citizens Protest, while Media Ignore Urban Destruction

Citizens Protest, while Media Ignore Urban Destruction

Citizens and environment activists protested yesterday in front of the Tirana Municipality against the construction of a residential complex in the only green space close to the former Bus Park Station. Yesterday, the residents who for a few days have protested in the fenced area ready for construction stood in front of Mayor Veliaj’s office […]

The Condomisation of Memory

The Condomisation of Memory

This is the first time that I don’t have any desire to write about something that is of importance to the humanities. Nevertheless, because of a public debate on a private television station in Albania regarding Albanian cinema of the Communist era, I feel the responsibility to respond to the Albanian citizens and to state […]

Director of the Publicús Program Sued by Construction Company

Director of the Publicús Program Sued by Construction Company

Construction company Edil Al-It has sued Artan Rama, a distinct public voice and collaborator of Exit. Representatives of the company have accused the director of the program Publicús for slander and defamation because of an article published on Facebook : “Chiaroscuro in the hall of the Theater.” In t the lawsuit, Edil Al-It demands 15 million lekë (~€110,000) from Rama […]

Opening a Museum Commemorating the Victims of a Dictatorship, the Totalitarian Way

Opening a Museum Commemorating the Victims of a Dictatorship, the Totalitarian Way

Today Prime Minister Edi Rama, Minister of Interior Affairs Saimir Tahiri, and media entrepreneur Carlo Bollino opened Bunk’Art 2 in the bunker underneath the square behind the Ministry of Interior Affairs. Bunk’Art 2 is the second bunker-museum opened by Rama and intended to commemorate the victims of the totalitarian regime under Enver Hoxha. A contested project The museum […]

BI: Turkey Pressures Albania over Gülen

Balkan Insight reports on the pressure Turkey is putting on the Albanian government to shut down all activities on organization thought to be related to the Gülen movement, led by Islamic cleric in exile Abdullah Gülen. According to Mevlut Cavusoğlu, Turkish Foreign Minister, “Albania seems to be the centre of Gulenists in the region.” The first real […]

Ministry of Education Prohibits Turkish Symbols on Private Schools

Ministry of Education Prohibits Turkish Symbols on Private Schools

The Ministry of Education and Sports (MAS) has issued a decree prohibiting private educational institutions in Albania from “using ‘Turkish’ names, national symbols of the Republic of Turkey, including the Turkish flag.” The decree, signed by General Secretary of MAS, Plarent Ndreca, was published today by media portal Lapsi. The request originated from the Turkish embassy in Tirana, […]

Ardit Gjoklaj’s Death Continues to Haunt Veliaj

Ardit Gjoklaj’s Death Continues to Haunt Veliaj

The portrait of Ardit Gjoklaj, the 17-year-old worker killed at the landfill in Sharra in August 2016 can now be found all over Tirana. A group of anonymous artists and activists, known as Çeta, have pasted the portrait of the young man on the doors of the Municipality, on the Reja pavilion, on the children’s playground at […]

Tough Times for Online Media

Rama-linked journalist Carlo Bollino shuts down independent online media outlet Hashtag Albania.

Tough Times for Online Media

Since a few days, one of the main Albanian online media, Hashtag Albania, has been blocked. At the request of Carlo Bollino, an Italian journalist who emigrated to Albania in the 1990s and is owner of ReportTV and Shqiptarja.com, with reportedly close ties to Prime Minister Rama, the hosting provider of Hashtag Albania has blocked the […]