Shqiptarja.com was online in 2011. The website was thought to be as a helping site for the printed version, and in the beginning, they published the newspaper materials a day after they were printed, but soon as print crisis of selling copies was clear, the web became the main media in the group. It also serves as a link between videos produced by Report TV and stories printed in the newspaper. Part of the staff was recruited from media previously ran by Carlo Bollino – Gazeta Shqiptare, Balkanweb.com and News 24.
Media Companies / Groups
FFM Group LLC
The website ‘Shqiptarja.com’ is part of the same company Shqiptarja.com LLC which is owned by the Free and Fair Media Group, which controls 80% of the shares, and journalist Anila Basha with 20% of the shares. Free and Fair Media Group’s majority shareholder is Alba Maltezi (74.6%).
Both shareholders have voting rights; however, decisions can also be taken by the majority shareholder.
Affiliated Interests Founder
FFM Group (Alba Malltezi), Anila Basha - After the Italian company Edisud LLC sold its shares in the television News 24 and the daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare in 2011, its former executives, Italian journalist Carlo Bollino, his wife Alba Malltezi and former editor in chief of Gazeta Shqiptare Anila Basha – together with a group of journalists from the above mentioned media, founded the daily newspaper Shqiptarja.com. The daily newspaper Shqiptarja.com has as shareholders FFM Group with 80% of shares and Anila Basha with 20% of shares. Alba Malltezi owns 74.9 % of shares in FFM Group.
Anila Basha – controls 20 % of the shares of the daily newspaper Shqiptarja.com, but she is no longer active in the management of the newspaper and has opened the online media outlet Newsbomb.al.
FFM group – and the Italian journalist and publisher Carlo Bollino are perceived as being backers of Prime Minister Edi Rama. Albanian former right-wing Prime Minister Sali Berisha and the opposition Democratic Party have accused Carlo Bollino and his wife of being politically close to Prime Minister Edi Rama. The opposition has also accused Bollino of benefiting from a museum project called ‘Bunkart’, which was run by an NGO that he is linked to. The journalist and his wife have vehemently rejected the charges as politically motivated, citing their critical stances when Berisha was in power as president and prime minister.
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Genci Kondi – is part of a group of journalists that founded the daily newspaper Shqiptarja.com. He took over the post of director of the newspaper after the departure of former editor in chief Anila Basha. Kondi is an experienced business journalist who has worked with Malltezi and Bollino since their time at the daily newspaper Gazeta Shqiptare.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
The online edition doesn't have an editor-in-chief.
Affiliated Interests other important people
Carlo Bollino – although he is not listed as owner or CEO of the company, Carlo Bollino, a former journalist at the Italian news agency ANSA, is considered as the key figure behind Shqiptarja.com and Report TV- where he owns 100 % of shares. Although Bollino is perceived as close to the government and Socialist Prime Minister Edi Rama, he has rejected such accusations as politically motivated and has affirmed his independence. The opposition has also accused Carlo Bollino of benefiting from an NGO project, which turned Albania’s Cold War era bunkers into museums. Bollino has denied any wrongdoing.
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The structure of ownership and the financial statements are published in the Albanian National Business Register, but only as part of the same company which runs the newspaper, and it is not possible to have separate financial data for the website only. The latest financial data related to the fiscal year 2016 are included in the newspaper profile. The Central Bank's average exchange rate for 2016 was used to convert the amounts into USD.