Balkan.Perspectives#14

EDITORIAL ~ Issue. 14 – 04/2020

Dear Readers,

Dealing with the Past is a difficult topic to digest, especially in the conflict-prone Western Balkans. Before the online platforms made their dramatic entrance here, every truth from the conflicts was vulnerable to manipulation by leaders and their propaganda tools to revive the myths of great nations. Now these truths are subject to much needed critical thinking and it seems that social media and media platforms can be tools to reshape these processes, especially in terms of transparency and fact-checking. However, the online realm does have its drawbacks, particularly when tackling issues as sensitive as those relating to the conflict past. The ‘free-for-all’ nature of the internet, and the instant platform given to us by social media, means that anyone can write, post, or share any opinion that they see as “truth”, and with it, reach a large audience, fast.

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Impressum 14 – 04/2020

Editor in Chief: Vanessa Robinson-Conlon

Editorial Team: Sunita Dautbegović-Bošnjaković, Martin Filipovski, Srđan Hercigonja, Vjollca Islami Hajrullahu, Nehari Sharri

Authors: Belma Buljubašić, Besnike Salihu, Fahri Hiseni, Fitim Gashi, Jovana Prusina, Katerina Smileva, Srđan Puhalo, and Vladan Gjukanović

Design (Cover page): Envinion

Translation: LBG Communications (Albanian), Luna Djordjevic (BCS), Martina Kimovska (Macedonian)

Proofreading: LBG Communications (Albanian), Zinaida Lakić (BCS), Zanet Ristoska (Macedonian), Lauren Hanna (English)