Thursday, 28 June 2007

WORKING CONDITIONS UNDER THE SHADOW OF THE GOVERNMENT


By Fatmir Terziu
We slid from the Nineties in to the year 2000. The World media has left behind many factors like when the Great Communicator arrived in the White House, Yuppies where around, AIDS was deadly, Glasnost was forgotten, Homeless people had increased their number, and the fallen Berlin Wall. All these factors had come back in Albanian media, not only for the reason of democracy, but also because of the political war going on.

In 1997 Albania gave more open chances to the commercial media. Radios and most televisions were opened in a few months all around the country. While the commercial media grew up, like mushrooms after the rain, in the first place the journalists were faced with many problems. The owners of these media bought the old hardware in Europe when in the world a single computer occupied 1,800 square feet.
As a TV journalist, I attended working. In the tiny studio where the equipment was installed, the outside temperature from 39 degrees was doubled. People came for interviews the first time but would not come back for the second time. To put up air conditioners cost a lot and other reason was because the new owners of the TV Broadcasts spent their money on useless things.
The work in search of news had its own problems. The crew didn’t have the same salary and so many times the news lost the quality. If you have heard of the media, especially making a documentary, you would probably understand editing. During editing you would have had a hard job to do. The computer annoyed you until you could take it no longer. You wouldn’t believe that it would crash five times in an hour because there would be major power cuts. The crew entered and left the editing rooms another five times for other reasons. It is unbelievable but it is the fact. You had to talk hundreds of times about work discipline, but does the computer listen to you? We slid from the Nineties in to the year 2000. The World media has left behind many factors like when the Great Communicator arrived in the White House, Yuppies where around, AIDS was deadly, Glasnost was forgotten, Homeless people had increased their number, and the fallen Berlin Wall. All these factors had come back in Albanian media, not only for the reason of democracy, but also because of the political war going on. This road opened the way of conflicts and most of the time the journalists were the victims of this conflict, because the government half of the time said free speech was allowed and the other time persecuted whoever spoke freely.
Well, you have made a documentary and everyone thanked you for the reality you have mirrored and you feel emotional, the next day the police would arrest you. And then when people protested the government pretended that a mistake had been made, without any feelings. But the shadow of the government (who is the criminals that work for them) starts the threatening. At this point you have to forget the working conditions you belong to. I was one of them but thanks to God that helped me, I escaped the government’s full wrath.

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