Jorgen Samso


Western Balkans

Jorgen Samso

Journalist, video- and photographer, writer specialized in the Balkan region
News and feature coverage
Based in Belgrade, Serbia.



Montenegro parliamentary election kicks off with high turnout

[LIVE] Montenegro's pro-Western Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) has secured 35% of votes in a tight and bitterly-contested parliamentary election, its worst result since the country won independence from Serbia 14 years ago. President Milo Djukanovic, who has personally led Montenegro for three decades since Yugoslavia was dismantled in the early 1990s, said Monday that the DPS would respect the election results but claimed that it was "the strongest party in Montenegro." Meanwhile, the leader of the pro-Serbian coalition, Zdravko Krivokapic, told supporters: "The regime has fallen."
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The public health crisis you may not know about: snakebites

Over 100,000 people die every year from snakebites, and another 450,000 suffer life-altering injuries. The World Health Organization has labeled snakebites an epidemic, and reports that only half of the anti-venom needed globally is currently being produced. Special correspondent Benedict Moran and video journalist Jorgen Samso report from Nigeria, the epicenter of snakebites in Africa.
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EU 'back in the driver's seat' as Serbia-Kosovo talks resume

[TV PKG and LIVE] The European Union has praised the leaders of Serbia and Kosovo for resuming face-to-face talks after discussions had been frozen for over a year and a half. (euronews)
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Serbia bans mass gatherings in Belgrade after virus lockdown protests

[VIDEO] Defying a ban on mass gatherings passed by the government on Thursday, many protesters wore white T-shirts with the inscription, “Sit Down, Don’t Be Set Up” — referring to widespread reports that the violence the previous nights that played into the government’s hands was staged by far-right groups close to the authorities.
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Croatia's ruling conservatives win parliamentary election

[TV+online package] The conservative Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party has consolidated its power in Croatia after winning 66 seats in the country's 151-seat parliament following Sunday's election. The party did not obtain an absolute majority and is expected to form a coalition government with smaller right-wing groups.
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Kosovo's president Hashim Thaci 'indicted for war crimes and crimes against humanity'

[LIVE] Kosovo's President Hashim Thaci and nine other former separatists have been indicted on war crimes charges. Thaci was a former commander with the Kosovo Liberation Army during the war for independence from Serbia between 1998 and 1999, which left more than 10,000 dead and 1,641 unaccounted for. He has been charged alongside Kadri Veseli, leader of the opposition Democratic Party of Kosovo and former parliament speaker, by a court set up to investigate crimes committed against ethnic Serbs during and after the conflict. A statement from a prosecutor of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers issued Wednesday said President Hashim Thaci and the others suspects “are criminally responsible for nearly 100 murders” of political opponents and Kosovar Albanian, Serb and Roma victims, AP reported Wednesday.
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Serbia votes: All you need to know about Europe's first national election since COVID-19 lockdown

[LIVE plus PKG] Serbia's president declared a landslide victory for his right-wing party on Sunday night, in a controversial parliamentary election held amid concerns over the coronavirus pandemic and a boycott by much of the opposition. Aleksandar Vucic told jubilant supporters that his Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) won over 60% of the vote, or some 190 seats in the 250-seat Serbian parliament. This would confirm estimates from polling agencies including IPSOS, which suggest the SNS -- which came to power in 2012 -- has cemented its grip. Vucic's allied Socialist Party of Serbia (SPS) are predicted to get around 10% in second place, adding another 30 or so seats to the coalition. The initial unofficial results indicate that Serbia's parliament will have virtually no opposition and only three or four parties out of the 21 which were running.
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Russia hits back as US takes lead in Kosovo-Serbia peace talks

[PKG] Russia has warned it would need to approve any solution reached in peace talks between Kosovo and Serbia in Washington later this month. The warning by Sergei Lavrov comes after the United States invited the two former wartime foes for a meeting at the White House on June 27. Lavrov noted that the European Union has the mandate to mediate in the dispute between Kosovo and Serbia. And he said that any agreement between Serbia and Kosovo must be approved by the UN Security Council, where Russia has veto power. "We will not allow attempts to rewrite the history of either the Second World War or the events that took place in the Balkans 25 years ago," Lavrov said during a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic.
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Le Kosovo et la Serbie prêts à renouer le dialogue à Washington

La Serbie et le Kosovo prêts à renouer le dialogue fin juin à la Maison Blanche. A l'approche des législatives en Serbie, une possible reprise du dialogue avec le Kosovo fait aussi la Une des journaux. Belgrade aurait accepté l'invitation des États-Unis pour des négociations avec son ancienne province, dont elle refuse toujours de reconnaître l'indépendance. Also in German, Spanish and Italian and other languages:
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Serbie : une partie de l'opposition appelle à boycotter les législatives du 21 juin

En Serbie, neuf partis d'opposition allant de l'extrême gauche à l'extrême droite appellent les citoyens à ne pas voter lors des élections législatives du 21 juin prochain. Cette alliance a été fondée par Dragan Djilas, du parti démocrate. "Nous n'avons pas de conditions pour des élections équitables" estime-t-il, constatant une appropriation du processus électoral et des grands médias de la part du pouvoir en place.
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Serbien-Kosovo-Gipfel: Die USA drücken auf die Tube

Am Sonntag findet in Serbien die Parlamentswahl statt, die eigentlich bereits im April hätte abgehalten werden sollen. In einem gemeinsamen Zeitungsartikel betonten Russlands Außenminister Sergej Lawrow und sein serbischer Amtskollege Ivica Dačić jüngst die enge Verbindung ihrer Länder. Nicht nur Russland bemüht sich eingehend um Serbien.
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As Ebola outbreak fades out, Congo prepares for COVID-19

Just days before the latest Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was declared officially over, a new case of the deadly virus was confirmed on Friday. The outbreak began in 2018, infecting thousands of people. Special correspondent Benedict Moran and video journalist Jorgen Samso report on how it was contained and what can be learned as the coronavirus spreads in Africa.
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Jorgen Samso

Multimedia journalist covering the Balkans on tv, video, photography, print and online for among others euronews, POLITICO Europe and Foreign Policy Magazine, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and a range of national Danish media outlets. Based in Belgrade. Recent stints in Africa for PBS Newshour, The Lancet and National Geographic.

Former Fellow at The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, Columbia University & Stanford University, [2015-2016].

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Journalism, Politics & International Affairs, Columbia University, 2015.


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