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First name:  Bardehul

Last name:  Ajeti

  • Gender:  Male
  • Job:  Sub-editor
  • Media outlet:  Bota Sot
  • Type of media:  print media
  • Born:  1977 Kosovo

  • Died:  25 June 2005 Kosovo
  • War zone:  yes
  • Targeted? yes
  • Impunity: total

Shot in the head when a car overtook his between Pristina and Gnjilane on 3 June. He was flown to a hospital in Milan, where he died three weeks later.

  • Kosovo - Kosovo Liberation Army
  • The Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) is an Albanian paramilitary group fighting since 1996 for Kosovo’s independence from Yugoslavia (Serbia-Montenegro). Its attacks on Serbian forces triggered Serb military repression and led to the 1999 Kosovo war.

  • 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.

  • Wanted to leave Bota Sot to found rival paper.
    - 5/2005/17
    Files complaint with police that his life is being threatened.
    Supports international authorities arresting former Kosovo Liberation Army (UCK) soldiers as part of anti-crime drive. Later criticised Kosovars demonstrating for their release.
    Often criticised opposition politicians.
    His writing about organised crime was seen as a direct threat by the criminals.

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