Lapsi.al is an online outlet created at the beginning of 2014, the owners of the website registered the company with the same name in January 2015. Lapsi.al LLC is not related to other businesses. The company and the website are run by two journalists, Armand Shkullaku and Andi Bushati.
Limited Liability Company
Armand Shkullaku is a journalist and the founder of the online news portal ‘Lapsi.al.’ Shkullaku began his career in the daily newspaper Koha Jone. After leaving Koha Jone, he went on to become the news director at TV Klan and later on founded Klan Kosova TV. After his return from Kosovo, Shkullaku became director of ABC News TV. After leaving ABC News TV to become director of programing at TV Klan, Shkullaku blamed his departure from the 24-hour news station on pressure put by the Rama government on the owner of TV Klan, Aleksander Frangaj. Shkullaku openly supported opposition protests in the spring of 2017. He is a shareholder in a real estate company named EU 2008, with 5.2% of shares. Shkullaku is also the president of the Association of Professional Journalists of Albania.
Andi Bushati is a journalist and the founder of the online news portal ‘Lapsi.al. Bushati owns 50% of the webpage Lapsi.al. He has been a journalist since the early 90’ and is not engaged in business. Bushati began his career in the daily Koha Jone and later moved to the magazine Klan. For more than a decade he is one of the country’s more popular political commentators and formerly has hosted the current affairs show ‘Zone Ndaluar’ [The forbidden zone], first at TV Klan and later at Vizion Plus. Bushati has been critical of both current Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama and his predecessor Sali Berisha – who has attacked the journalist for his family ties to the communist nomenclature.
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Armand Shkullaku and Andi Bushati – founders of Lapsi.al are the journalists Andi Bushati and Armand Shkullaku. Lapsi.al started publication in 2014, making it clear since its early editorial that it would hold a critical stance towards the government.
Both Shkullaku and Bushati started their career as journalists in the daily newspaper Koha Jone, the first independent newspaper to open after the fall of communism and later moved to the magazine Klan and Klan TV. Both Bushati and Shkullaku have shares of 50 % at Lapsi.al. Shkullaku also owns 5.2% of shares in a real estate company called EU2008.
Shkullaku has been an information director at Klan TV, Klan Kosova and ABC News. Bushati has been a former editor at Klan Magazine, hosted the former current affairs show ‘Zone Ndaluar’ [The forbidden zone] at TV Klan and Vizion Plus and at large commentator at News 24 TV and Top Channel.
Both Shkullaku and Bushati are critical of the current Socialist led government. Shkullaku openly supported the protests of the Democratic Party in the spring of the 2017. Bushati has been also very critical of former center-right Prime Minister Sali Berisha and both have exchanged jibes over the years. Both journalists are respected for the editorial independence and insight into politics and business.
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Revenue (Financial Data/ Optional)
0.07 Mio. $ / 9.3 Mio. Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
0.05 Mio. $ / 7.5 Mio. Lek
Advertising (in % of total funding)
The ownership structure and financial statement are publicly available on the Albanian National Business Registry. The financial data provided are for 2016. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD. See sources for more.