Faktoje’s Board is composed by five members coming from different areas. They are not affiliated with any political party. One of the main board’s responsibilities is to safeguard the independence of Faktoje from external interference and guarantee its transparency.
Dorian Matlija-Legal Expert
Mr. Dorian Matlija is an Albanian legal expert specialized in media. He is Executive Director of Respublica Center, whose activity focused on freedom of media, freedom of expression, support to local journalists on labour rights and legal issues, defamation, libel, etc. Ms. Matlija is a well-known expert in the country and has been defending journalists’ rights for more than a decade now. His work experience includes being a lawyer/legal expert to Albanian Public Broadcaster, while he engages and actively contributes to various human rights causes.
Erjon Tase-Academia- Chair
Erjon Tase is in position as Executive Director of the “Academy of Political Studies” from May 2012. The Academy of Political Studies (APS) is a nongovernmental organization founded in 2009, under the auspices of the Council of Europe, aiming to encourage the emergence of a new generation of young political and civic leaders dedicated to implement best democratic models of governance and development. Erjon graduated in Journalism and Public Relations in 2000 at the University of Tirana and has worked as an editor and editor in chief for more than 10 years in the most prominent printed media in Albania. In charge of strategic management of APS, Mr. Tase has further improved his experience on strategic planning, team leading, fundraising etc. Since 2007 he is member of founding and steering board of the “Union of Albanian Journalists”.
Llazar Semini- AP correspondent/Journalist
From 2002, Llazar is working for the Associated Press News Agency Office in Tirana, Albania, covering country’s efforts to become a member of European Union and NATO. Since 2015 he is also covering Kosovo, its war toward international recognition, insight political game and more. Llazar started his career in 1987 working as a Bureau Chief at the Albanian News Agency (ATA), in the international department covering the communist collapse in Central and Eastern Europe, including Albania. In 1999, he worked as a Program Manager with international US-Based Christian Children Fund Agency, helping the deported Kosovo refugee children in Albania. During this year he started working as a correspondent for Reuters International News Agency.
Elizabeth Gowing-International Expert
Elizabeth Gowing is the author of 5 books of which four are about the Balkans, and her writing about the region won the Bradt/ Independent on Sunday travel writing award in 2014. Her translations from Albanian of the biographies of Yugoslavia’s longest-held political prisoner, Adem Demaci, and Albanian patriot, Hasan Prishtina, were published in 2010 by Rrokullia press in Prishtina. She is a frequent contributor to BBC Radio 4’s From Our Own Correspondent programme.
She is co-founder of The Ideas Partnership NGO which works in Kosovo, and in 2016 was awarded the Mother Teresa Medal for humanitarian work by the President of Kosovo, and in 2017 was named by the British Prime Minister as a Point of Light for volunteering around the world. In 2018 the new President of Kosovo gave her Kosovan citizenship by decree.
For the last thirteen years she has divided her time between Albania, Kosovo and the UK.
Albana Kasapi – Journalist/ BBC Producer
Albana Kasapi is a journalist and is currently working in London. She has covered reports for Albania and the Balkans region for more than 25 years. Albana started her career in Tirana in the middle of the 90’s in print media with reports about art, courts and politics. In June of 1999 Albana went to Kosovo and covered the post war reports for the German Press Agency (DPA). During her stay in Pristina, she covered the developments in North Macedonia and Serbia. Since 2002 Albana has been living in London and working as a journalist for BBC. Now she is co Editor in Chief of “Weekend”, a BBC radio show on international news.