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Human Rights Watch Kosovo Flash # 45

Newspaper Koha Ditore publisher and editor safe in Kosovo

(New York, June 15, 1999)- The Albanian-language newspaper Koha Ditore reported today that its publisher, Veton Surroi, and the editor of its English edition, Dukagjin Gorani, are safe and sound in Pristina. Mr. Surroi, who was a member of the Albanian delegation in Rambouillet, France, spent the past eleven weeks in Pristina. He is now under the protection of British NATO forces.

Koha Ditore was the largest and most influential Albanian-language newspaper in Kosovo. On March 24, the Serbian police shot and killed the guard at the newspaper's office in Pristina, and then ransacked the office. The paper resumed publication on April 22 out of Tetovo, Macedonia. Yesterday distribution began in Albania (10,000 copies) and into Kosovo (more than 2,000 copies).

Source: Human Rights Watch

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