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.

Author: Vladan Đukanović
Remembering the past on Social Media

Author: Srđan Puhalo
Dealing with the past in the times of Social Media

Author: Besnike Salihu
Facing your Painful Past every day: The difficulties of Dealing with the Past in the Digital Age

Author: Jovana Prusina
The Trials are Ending – Now What?

Author: Fitim Gashi
Inside the Trap of Fake News

Author: Belma Buljubašić
Role of Social Media in the Affirmation of Revisionism, Re-writing the Past and the Culture of Forgetting

Author: Katerina Smileva
Social media and portals – A space for overcoming or reinforcing prejudice?

Author: Fahri Hiseni
Close but Unknown

Impresum ~ Issue. 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)

What is Balkan.Perspectives?

Balkan.Perspectives is a regional magazine focused on dealing with the past (DwP) in the western Balkans. Produced by forumZFD in four (4) languages, this is a collaborative effort between Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia. The magazine provides a platform for local actors to support conflict-sensitive discourse on issues related to the recent past. By offering a plurality of perspectives on DwP topics from across the region, the magazine aims to challenge stereotypes and ethno-centric narratives, encourage critical thinking and wider debate, and strengthen constructive approaches to dealing with the recent past.

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