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First name:  Bekim

Last name:  Kastrati

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Sub-editor
  • Media outlet:  Bota Sot
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  Kosovo

  • Died:  19 Oct 2001 Kosovo
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: total


Shot in Srbica (central Kosovo), along with Besim Sajaku, a member of Kosovo leader Ibrahim Rugova’s security team. They were returning from an election meeting of his party, the Democratic League of Kosovo, when a jeep overtook their vehicle and opened fire.

  • Bota Sot has seven offices abroad — in Zurich, Geneva, New York, Frankfurt, Pristina, Tirana and Tetovo (Macedonia) — prints 120,000 copies and is Kosovo’s biggest daily paper. It supports the Democratic League of Kosovo, which contested the November 2001 parliamentary elections and was led by moderate Ibrahim Rugova.

  • Kosovo - Situation today
  • The Serbian province has been ruled by the United Nations since 1999. Its final status is still uncertain, which seriously hampers political development and creates social tension. Hatred between the two ethnic communities is still strong. Local institutions are virtually all controlled by Albanians and the Serbian government has no authority in the province, which is still officially part of Serbia.

  • Worked for Albanian-language daily Bota Sot.


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