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Koha Ditore is the leading daily newspaper
Newspaper
A newspaper is a scheduled publication containing news of current events, informative articles, diverse features and advertising. It usually is printed on relatively inexpensive, low-grade paper such as newsprint. By 2007, there were 6580 daily newspapers in the world selling 395 million copies a...

 from Kosovo
Kosovo
Kosovo is a region in southeastern Europe. Part of the Ottoman Empire for more than five centuries, later the Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija within Serbia...

. It is published by Koha Group and was founded and owned by politician Veton Surroi
Veton Surroi
Veton Surroi is a popular Kosovo Albanian publicist and politician. Surroi is the founder and former leader of the ORA reformist political party, and was a member of Kosovo assembly from 2004 to 2008...

. His sister Flaka Surroi
Flaka Surroi
Flaka Surroi is a notable publisher from Kosovo. She comes from the family of Kosovo politician and Yugoslav diplomat Rexhai Surroi, and is a sibling of Veton Surroi, Kosovo's liberal politician...

 is now the publisher, following Veton Surroi's launch of his political career within the ORA reformist party. The newspaper initially published as a weekly magazine Koha, that ran from 1992 to 1994, becoming a leading weekly magazine in Kosovo. The initial team included new generation of opinion-makers such as Ylber Hysa, Baton Haxhiu
Baton Haxhiu
Baton Haxhiu is one of Kosovo's best known journalists. In 1990s he started working as a junior journalist with Koha magazine. He later became editor-in-chief of Koha Ditore daily, established by publisher Veton Surroi. In this capacity, he won the CPJ International Press Freedom Award in...

, Dukagjin Gorani
Dukagjin Gorani
Dukagjin Gorani is a journalist and media expert from Kosovo. Born in Peja, he became one of the founders of weekly Koha in 1993, and was the first editor of Koha Ditore daily. He was one of the founders and first Editor-in-chief of the Daily Express....

, Eqrem Basha, Shkelzen Maliqi
Shkelzen Maliqi
Shkëlzen Maliqi is an Albanian philosopher, art critic, political analyst and leading intellectual in Kosovo. During the early 1990s Shkelzen was also directly involved in politics. He was one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party of Kosovo and served as its first president from 1991 to...

, etc. The newspaper with the same name was published for the first time in 1997. Its current editor in chief is Agron Bajrami
Agron Bajrami
Agron Bajrami is editor of and a writer for Koha Ditore newspaper, the largest daily newspaper in Kosovo...

.

On Saturday, March 31st 2007, Koha Ditore distributed a free jubilee edition celebrating 10 years since its first issue. In all opinion polls conducted in Kosovo since 1999, Koha Ditore resulted as the most read newspaper. According to the last poll conducted in February 2008, Koha Ditore is read by 30 % of Kosovo readers, 13 % more than the second most read newspaper. The newspaper is generally considered independent, however issues of conflict of interest were raised when the founder of the newspaper Veton Surroi entered local politics in Kosovo.

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