The weekly Koha (The Times) was published in Prishtina (Kosovo) between 1994 and 1997. Edited by VetonSurroi, a young Kosovar journalist and one of the pioneers of democratisation in former Yugoslavia, Kohasoon became a symbol of quality among the region's media. In 1997 it started to be published daily under thename of Koha Ditorë. With the kind permission of Mr. Surroi, Koha digests were originally posted onhttp://koha.estudiosbalcanicos.org.
- 1 -Koha Digest # 80EDITORIALTHE POLICE, THE SWALLOW OF POLITICS by VETON SURROI"He is not here, we haven't heard of this person", I was told by the duty policeman at thefamous "92", the place where one must first ask about an arrested person in Kosova. "He is probably in prison", said the policeman. In the prison, asked about the chance for AstritSalihu, KOHA's journalist to be there, the surprised guard negatively gesticulated shaking hishead and said: "We haven't received any of those. Ask the police!".On my way out through the iron doors of the prison, I could see the offices of the StateSecurity, the place where the person you are looking for is, after receiving two negativeanswers in the two previous places. Luckily enough, walking down the street I received thenews that he was not there any more and that he was enjoying relative freedom in a cafeteria.Astrit is another in the endless list of the people arrested in the evening who are left sleeplessand who is subjugated (after a couple of slaps and kicks) to political interrogation. Naturally,these cases have also happened to journalists, and not only after arrest. Ylber Hysa, who was persistently asking for the prorogation of the validity of his passport, was also summoned tothe offices of State Security to explain his political visions.Even though these "invitations" have become ordinary, people ask why, why now? It can be justly supposed that all things which are related to information are being followed closely: phone conversations of "interesting people", their bugging... The situation has reached the point in which it is very likely to believe that the offices of the political parties, especially theLDK have more microphones than Radio Prishtina in its best times. Then why theinterrogations?Because the police can know everything that is happening, as an event, but it can't know whatis going on in people's heads, what they thinks, what they believe. And this is something thatthe Serbian leadership is after. The Serbian leadership must make decisions about its future behavior in Kosova soon: it must know about every detail linked to Kosova.But, the police has done this always, as someone may say. What is the difference between the past and present interrogations? In the near past, the main focus of interest of the Serbian police was directed towards preventing nay physical resistance of Kosova Albanians (and allsorts of intimidation were used in this direction), today, with the fading of the war rhythm, the political arena is opened again. Here, the Serbian police, the continuance of the Eastern Bloctradition before the fall of the Berlin Wall, finds itself in a very uneasy position. The whole