Shekulli daily was founded in 1997 by Koco Kokëdhima through the company named 2K Group. The newspaper become reputedly the biggest in the country in 2000-2003 after selling the newspaper for 20 Lek, less than half of most of its competitors. Currently it is the second largest print media company by revenues.
Media Companies / Groups
UNIPRESS is owned by Koço Kokëdhima 90%, Dhionis Heqimi 5% and Sadik Llapashtica 5%
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Group / Individual Owner
Apart from shares in UNIPRESS Sadik Llapashtica has shares in a company Bashot Power, which suspended its activities. On his LinkedIn profile he appears as shareholder and CEO of AGE Group, Albanian General Electricity, but no such company is registered in the Albanian National Business Registry. The website of AGE Group also indicates Llapashtica as CEO of the company and that it has activities in hydropower and art production. Llapashtica appears as CEO of AGE Art Production in the Business Register.
Apart from shares in UNIPRESS Heqimi also has shares (50%) in Global Work Company, a consulting and investment company on public and private construction projects. The company suspended its activities according to the Albanian Business Registry. He also appears as a shareholder (25%) of BESTA, a trade company.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Koço Kokëdhima – Shekulli daily was founded in 1997 by Koço Kokëdhima through the company named 2K Group, founded in 1998 by Koço Kokëdhima as the sole owner.
The owner has interests in various fields, including construction, trade, chemical industry etc. Mr. Kokëdhima was elected Member of the Parliament in 2013 on a Socialist Party ticket. His mandate was declared null and void by the Constitutional Court in 2016 because one of his companies, Abissnet, had benefited from state funds while he was an MP. The Constitution of Albania forbids companies owned by MPs to benefit from public funds. In 2017, Kokëdhima founded a new political movement called "Zgjidhja" (Solution).
Kokëdhima owns 62.84% of F.K Apollonia, a sports team based in Fieri, through 2K Group. The other shareholder is the Municipality of Fieri. His flagship company, 2K Group, managed to purchase majority shares of various public enterprises during the second wave of privatization between 1999-2003. He was accused repeatedly for using his newspaper as a pressure mechanism against the various governments. Some of the companies privatized by this group are: ART EKSPORT IMPORT, Boja Tirana etc. In 1998, he founded Abissnet, one of the earliest internet service providers in Albania.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Era Kokëdhima – is the daughter of Koço Kokëdhima. She owns 35% of 2K Group and 40% of Radio +2, a radio station, where she also serves as CEO.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Arben Rrozhani – is a journalist and Editor-in-Chief of Shekulli.
Njësia Bashkiake Nr. 5, Rruga Ismail Qemali, Pallati 18
Revenue (in Mill. $)
0.74 Mio $ / 94.8 Mio Lek
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
0.13 Mio $ / 16.8 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. For the purpose of evaluating weight of assets and revenues of this company in the print media market, MOM have calculated the value of assets, revenues and profits of 11 Print Media Companies. The companies/outlets included in the calculation are as follows: Panorama, Gazeta Shqiptare, Koha Jone, Mapo, Shekulli, Tema, Dita, Shqiptarja.com, Standard, Sot News and Monitor.