Jorgen Samso


Western Balkans

Jorgen Samso

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



Rwanda’s economy is booming, but at what cost?

[Special Correspondent/producer] Since Rwanda's genocide ended in 1994, the East African nation has been led by the Rwandan Patriotic Front and current President Paul Kagame, who has been celebrated by many for bringing stability and economic gains to the long-struggling country. But to Kagame’s opponents, his authoritarian rule is setting a dangerous precedent.
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Rwanda: "Alt blev genfødt efter 1994"

Nationalparken Akagera er en af Afrikas ældste, men ligesom Rwanda selv blev parken næsten fuldstændig ødelagt i 1990'erne og lagde jord til massakrer. Parken, der i dag er en guldgrube, er et symbol på Rwandas udvikling fra slagmark til 'Afrikas Schweiz' med et hårdt greb om magten.
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Uganda’s ‘Wakaliwood’ gains international acclaim

Uganda's capital Kampala is home to a group of filmmakers making action-packed movies in an area called Wakaliwood. The ultra-violent films cover themes like Ebola and conflict, and can be filled with car chases, kung fu, zombies and murderous pumpkins. After dozens of films, Wakaliwood is gaining the world's attention. Special correspondent Benedict Moran and video journalist Jorgen Samso report.
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EU funds help Uganda take in refugees from DR Congo, and may slow migrant flow to Europe

European Union funds are being used to help Uganda take in refugees from the civil war raging in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda has an open door policy for refugees, which is seen by aid organisations as an example to others. While the funds undoubtedly help the refugees, Europe’s motivation is in part to reduce the incentives for those fleeing the conflict to head north.
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Rwanda's war nearly destroyed this park. Now it's coming back.

[contributed video] Akagera National Park was badly degraded by poachers and settlers, but thanks to an innovative conservation effort it is now home again to the Big Five and a growing tourism business. By Benedict Moran.
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Denmark general election 2019: All you need to know to understand the vote

Denmark will head to the polls on Wednesday (June 5) to choose a new parliament — the country’s second election in a fortnight. Danes have only just voted in European Parliament elections, which saw a big drop in support for the far-right Danish People’s Party (DPP). They won in 2014 with 26.6% of the vote but that more than halved to 10.76% this time.
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Tensions rise between Serbia and Kosovo

[LIVE HIT] Tensions rose between Kosovo and Serbia Tuesday after police in Kosovo confronted and arrested Serbs as part of an anti-smuggling mission in the country's northern region. The action sparked a swift response from neighbouring Serbia, which does not recognise Kosovo as a state. Serbia put its forces on alert after the operation, and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic said that Serbia's military was prepared to defend Serbs in Kosovo.
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Rwanda builds new national identity 25 years after genocide | Season 2019 Episode 04/07/2019 | PBS NewsHour

The Rwandan genocide began 25 years ago today. In just 100 days, an estimated 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were killed. NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Benedict Moran and video journalist Jorgen Samso traveled to the east African country to speak with victims and perpetrators and to report on how Rwanda is overcoming ethnic differences and building a new national identity.
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Anti-government protests continue in Serbia for 10th week

Anti-government protesters in their thousands took to the streets of Belgrade on Saturday night for the tenth weekly demonstration of its kind. The protesters are a mix of citizens movements, opposition parties, from both left and right, academics, students and ordinary people. They are united in the belief that Serbia with president Aleksandar Vucic at the helm is sliding towards autocratic rule and that the country is gripped by political violence and a climate of fear. One of the organisers, Jelena Anasonovic, explained why she was there: "We hope that this situation in Serbia, this raising violence as a ruling method of our Serbian Progressive Party will change," she said. After more than two months of weekly protests people are still coming out in huge numbers and many political analysts believe the protests are beginning to shake the government: "The regime has become very nervous since the protests began," Political Analyst, Jovo Bakic told euronews. "The regime is about to understand that it can not do everything that it wants to do and this clear message is the most important legacy of these protests." When the protests first began they were held only in the Serbian capital. But in January this year 30 cities across Serbia held similar protests and 20 cities have announced rallies in February. President Vucic has hinted at calling snap elections to address the concerns of protesters in the ballot box. That option is not on the table for the opposition. They are demanding that a “transitional government” of experts be put in place to secure conditions for free and fair elections. Euronews reporter in Belgrade, Jorgen Samso, explains: "President Vucic has said that he is willing to meet with and hear from citizens who are not satisfied with the way he rules Serbia. "On the other hand he has also said he will a not give in to blackmail from the opposition. So, a political deadlock as protests are continuing and spreading across the country."
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Serbia smiles eastward as Putin visit builds ties

[producing, camera, editing] With its head in Europe but its heart in Russia, Serbia warmly welcomed Vladimir Putin on a visit to Belgrade. The Russian president, who has accused the "US and some other Western countries" of destabilizing the Balkans, has signed agreements with president Aleksandar Vucic for close cooperation on military and energy relations.
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March in Belgrade in memory of assassinated Serbian politician

[Coverage of protest for video package] Protesters turned out in their thousands in the Serbian capital Belgrade to mark the first anniversary of the unsolved murder of a Kosovan Serb politician. The case of Oliver Ivanovic has become the focus of a movement that accuses Serbia and Kosovo of a cover-up and demands more media freedom and an end to the violence.
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Thousands flood the streets of Belgrade in anti-government protests

[full TV package] Thousands of people took to the streets of the Serbian capital Saturday night in protest against the sitting government and its de facto leader President Aleksandar Vucic. The protestors chanted “Vucic thief” as they marched peacefully through Belgrade's city centre in the fourth such protest in as many weeks. The opposition movement - Protest Against Dictatorship - are calling for electoral reform and freedom in the media and against what they see as an increasingly autocratic rule by the sitting president.
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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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