On Air and Under Attack in Kosovo Jeta Xharra

2012 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 8, 2012

Kosovar investigative journalist Jeta Xharra warns that sometimes factions fighting for freedom of speech can later repress freedom of speech from newly won positions of power. She explains how she originally believed rebel groups fighting against Yugoslav forces were the defenders of freedom of speech; however, after they gained power, they attempted to repress free speech, as Xharra and her colleagues became critical of these corrupt former rebel elites. Xharra reveals the three important lessons that she gained from this experience: that reporting in peacetime can be just as challenging as reporting during war, that freedom of speech is not cheap, and that the international community can be a vital ally in the struggle for free speech.