Faktoje is the first fact-checking service in Albania. Its staff consists in 6 experienced journalists and the Managing Director. They are taking on a lot of responsibilities and above all, are trying to be innovative in Albanian Media market. They are professional journalists, who know well the journalistic principles and ethics. Their aim is to not harm anyone and furthermore to not violate the rights and freedoms of anyone, but to be true and up-to-date in their work, transparent in their mission and above all impartial.
Klodiana Kapo-Executive director
Klodiana Kapo joined the "Faktoje" team in the position of Executive Director. She comes in this position after a 3-year long experience as Manager of Public Relations and Communication in the children's International Organization, World Vision, where she was recently awarded with the "Global Brand Award". Mrs. Kapo joins "Faktoje" after a 16-year long career in the most prominent media in the country, where she mainly reported social issues, more specifically education and the education system, health, youth development, etc. In her career, Mrs. Kapo worked as a journalist for Top Channel (where she produced dozens of documentaries and personal stories). She had her own weekly column in the newspaper "Shqip" and worked as an Editor in Chief for the Albanian Public Broadcaster. Klodiana counts a series of successful awareness campaigns for non governmental organizations, local and international, and is also co-author in two books.
Viola Keta- Editor
Viola Keta is graduated from the Journalism Department in the University of Tirana. She began her career as a journalist in “Koha TV” in 1999, after volunteering in several projects to assist Kosovo migrants during Kosovo War Crisis. In the beginning of her career she covered social issues and later on, court and crime reporting. She has participated in many trainings outside Albania, one of them was in US, Boston and WBUR 65 in Boston and Massachusetts Federal Courts. During 2000-2004 she covered important judicial cases, such as the murder of MP, Azem Hajdari, the “Cocaine” gang trial, the investigation about the tragic death of 22 Albanian migrants near Vlora. During 2013 she worked in the OSCE-ODHIR Media Monitoring Office. From 2007 until 2019 she had the role of the editor at Top News TV.
Anxhela Ruçi- Journalist
Anxhela has finished her Bachelor Studies in Journalism and Communication Department, in University of Tirana and is attending MA studies in Public Relations. She was part of the Investigative Journalism Lab, supported by the US Embassy in Tirana. The investigation during her experience there was focused in the quality of oil in Albania. She has been part of several online Medias and engaged in different joint projects on behalf of Journalism and Communication Department.
Merxhan Daci- Journalist
Merxhan Daci is graduated from the Department of Journalism in the University of Tirana. He has started his career as a journalist working for the Investigative Journalism Lab, supported by the US Embassy in Tirana. During this time, he covered a very good investigative story about the quality of oil in Albania. He has contributed with different articles not only in the country, but also in the regional and international Media. His focus is in the video-production. Last year Merxhan was part of a video production crew, in cooperation with the Foreign Press Center.
Inva Hasanaliaj- Journalist
Inva Hasanaliaj started working as a journalist from 2016. She finished her studies in Public Relations in the same year. She covered mainly economic, political and investigative stories. She started her career working for “Mapo” Newspaper and economic topics were in her focus. Inva was also part of Investigative Journalism Lab, supported by the US Embassy in Tirana. She was been awarded with a certificate for the participation in the training “Empowering roma youth through development of their capacities and education for alternative Media”
Joel Çela- Journalist
Joel Çela works as a journalist of "Faktoje" starting from December 2019. He graduated in Journalism and Communication from the University of Tirana in 2016. He was engaged in different medias since 2013. Joel worked as an editor in Mad TV (IN TV) from 2014 until the end of 2015. He continued to work there until September 2017. Later on he engaged as an editor in chief in the online media "Arberia News" during 2018. Joel graduated from the Laboratory of Investigative Journalism, a training program initiate by the U.S. Embassy in collaboration with the Albanian Center for Quality Journalism. He also worked there as a translator from Albanian to English and vice-versa. From January of 2019 until July of the same year he worked as a journalist in the daily TV show "Dite per Dite" in TV Klan. From 2018 until now he has served as a Coordinator for Tirana of the "Union of Albanian Journalists".
Fjori Sinoruka is part of Faktoje team since December 2019. For about two years she has done investigative journalism at Albanian Center for Quality Journalism, Birn Albania and Citizens Channel. She is focused on working about issues such as: the management of public funds and human rights. She has conducted several regional and local trainings for investigative journalism.
Faktoje’s Board is composed by six 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.
Erjon Tase-Academic- 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”.
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.
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.
Brunilda is the Grant and Media Program Manager of “Leviz Albania”- a project in support of local democracy, funded by the Swiss Development Agency. She joint the project in March 2018. She has an extensive experience in program and project management. For the past 10 years she has been part of “Open Society” Foundation for Albania, where she held the position of Program Manager for Civil Society, Gender Equality and Media sectors. During 2014-2016 she was the team leader for the “Challenge and Impunity Cultural Program”. In addition to program management, her expertise and experience covers Media development issues, Media market development, Media ownership and financing, regulation and self-regulation, professional journalism, new Media development and more. Prior to joining the “Open Society” Foundation she worked for 6 years in one of the audio-visual media in Albania in the position Direcytor of Administration and Finance. Mrs Bakshevani-Milkani holds a degree in Financial Management from the University of Tirana and a MBA diploma from the CEU San Pablo University, Valencia, Spain.
Albana Kasapi is an Albanian-British journalist based in London. Albana has covered Albania and the wider Balkan region for the past two decades and a half. She started off her career in Tirana, Albania in the mid 90s as a print journalist Tirana, covering from arts, to politics. She moved to Kosovo in June 1999, where she covered the post war period for the German news Agency. Based in Prishtina she also covered developments in neighbouring North Macedonia and sometimes Serbia. Since June 2002 , Albana has been based in London where she works as journalist for the BBC. Currently she is co-editor of Weekend, a global news and current affairs programme on BBC World Service radio.
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.