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When the Iron Curtain fell in 1990, former Yugoslavia was engulfed into a bloody warfare that gave us a new phrase: 'ethnic cleansing.' Today, Slobodan Milosevic, the former leader of Serbia, is awaiting trial accused of committing crimes against humanity. Several areas of former Yugoslavia are being administered by or have United Nations peacekeeping forces stationed there. The remaining areas are now independent states with democratically elected governments. Yet, fighting between ethnic Albanians and the government continues in Macedonia while tension and uncertainty reign throughout the region.
On this week's show, we spoke with seven Balkan journalists about the future of the region now that Slobodan Milosevic is no longer in power. They have been participating in the Balkan Media Development Program, a six-week long media training program funded by a grant from the U.S. State Department.
Mr. Miljenko Kniewald is Acting Editor-in-Chief at Radio 101, one of the leading music and news radio stations in Zagreb, Croatia. Mr. Musa Bushrani is the chief reporter and announcer for Radio Helix, a small station in Prizren, Kosovo. Ms. Amela Rebac is Editor-in-Chief and owner of Studio 88, a multiethnic radio station located in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Mr. Vladimir Lame is a reporter for TV Klan, the major private television station in Albania. Ms. Arta Demaj is a journalist and moderator for Radio Dukagjini, a regional station broadcasting from Peja, Kosova. Ms. Elena Simonovska is a journalist in the foreign affairs department of Kanal 5 TV station in Skopje, Macedonia. Mr. Sasko Macanovski is editor of an online magazine operated by the Macedonian Internet Service Provider On.net.
This program aired on August 5, 2001.
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