Jeton Musliu a journalist based in Pristina, currently works on the domestic news desk for the daily Kosovan newspaper Express. He has published numerous investigative articles on topics ranging from corruption, justice, security and terrorism.
He has won a number of journalism awards, including the 2009 Journalist of the Year prize, awarded by Kosovo’s Association of Professional Journalists (AGPK). He also picked up second prize for anti-corruption journalism from the AGPK in the same year.
Jeton took third prize in the 2010 fellowship programme for his report on ‘fake divorces’ in Kosovo. He followed a number of Kosovan men who temporarily divorced their first, Kosovan wife so they could marry EU citizens and eventually gain residency papers.
Once the men have secured EU papers, they divorce their second wife and remarry their original, Kosovan one – often bringing the family to the host country.
Divorce remains strictly taboo in conservative Kosovo, yet Kosovan society appears to turn a blind eye to these temporary divorces, as economic hardship dictates new moral codes.
Jeton travelled to Germany to meet the Kosovan men engaged in temporary marriages and those who remarried their original wives. He also met a now-divorced German woman who still has no idea why her marriage to her Kosovan husband broke down.
He also looked at one of Kosovo’s newest taboo – marriage to a Serb or a former Yugoslav national. Just 30 or 40 years ago, marriage to a Serb was seen as a trophy union, not a taboo.
Jeton’s fellowship project took him to Serbia and Germany, and his research was supervised by Jeta Xharra, an editor for BIRN’s Balkan Insight.
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