Majlinda Aliu

Majlinda Aliu is a Pristina-based journalist working for Radio Television Kosovo, reporting on political and social affairs. She previously worked for Koha Vision TV, also in Pristina


In 2008, she won the Journalism Poverty Prize for the best TV report, presented by the UN Kosovo team. She also received a broadcast award from the International Bureau of Epilepsy and UCB for her TV report: The Treatment of Epilepsy in Kosovo.

Majlinda took the first prize in the 2010 fellowship for her article examining the fate of Kosovan widows, in particular war widows, compared to their counterparts in Bosnia and the United Kingdom.

She focused on the strict codes applied to Kosovo’s war widows – many risk losing their children if they remarry.

She covered apparent double standards when it comes to Kosovan widowers. While widowed women are subject to harsh codes often forbidding remarriage, widowers are treated as victims who need a new wife as soon as possible.

Her research was supervised by Jeta Xharra, a regional editor for BIRN’s Balkan Insight.

Fellowship Portfolio

Tradition keeps Kosovo’s war widows in black

The war in Kosovo in the late 1990s left a large number of women, some very young, as widows.

Trapped in Black: Balkan War Widows

War widows throughout Europe may have shared a common fate, but their subsequent life experiences - from socially conservative Kosovo to liberal England- are radically different.

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.


Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?