On 30 October, the School for Political Studies hosted Mrs. Flutura Kusari and Mr. Bardh Rugova to discuss legal and sociological aspects of freedom of expression and the phenomenon of "fake news", ahead of this year's World Forum for Democracy on Information and Democracy.
Our guests spoke about:
Freedom of thought, of expression and freedom to disseminate information, through examining various cases of whistle-blowing, access to public documents, protection of reputation and security of journalists; and
The creation of a post-truth environment, with "fake news" as a phenomenon dependent on social conditions; and concepts of journalism as totalitarian, authoritarian, libertarian and that of social responsibility.
On July 7, the Pristina Institute for Political Studies (PIPS) published the policy analysis "Rationalization of Independent Agencies and Regulators in Kosovo". The analysis drafted after a period of several months of research provides an overview of the current situation of public administration reform, namely the implementation of the rationalization of independent, executive and regulatory agencies.
On 27 December, the first meeting with journalists was held as part of the program “Journalists in the field of energy and environment”. During this meeting the detailed program was presented for the participants as well as the current situation in Kosovo regarding energy and environment policies.
School for Political Studies has held an online lecture & discussion with Dr. Gëzim Visoka on the topic "Peace through mutual recognition: The current situation in Kosovo and future opportunities".