Incinerators have recently been one of the “hottest” and most sensational topics, as they are a PPP much accused by the media and the opposition. CNA.al is one of the media, that has published dozens of documents and facts about these incinerators, where their owners have established partnerships with other companies with media owners and executives.
Three years ago, the issue of incinerators was addressed in Ylli Rakipi’s show “The Unexposed” on News 24. The journalist who prepared the show at the time was Endrit Habilaj. Through a chronicle broadcast on this show, were listed facts against incinerators.
This chronicle shows how the company “Albtech Energy shpk” was announced the winner of a competition without competition that worth 22 million euros, in just two days, for the construction of the incinerator in Elbasan. In 2014, the company “Albtech Energy shpk” sends a letter to the government for an unsolicited concession for the construction of an incinerator in the most polluted city of Albania, in Elbasan.
A few weeks ”Albtech Energy”, was announced the winner of a competition without competition worth 22 million euros, and signed with the government the cooperation contract for the construction of the incinerator in Elbasan. The whole formal procedure lasted 2 days. On December 16 and 17, 2014, 8 procedures were performed.
The announcement of the winner was made, the right time for appeal was granted, the possible complaints were reviewed, the draft opinion was sent to other ministries as well, the written response and comments were received from other Ministries, the contract was drafted by the legal department, the contract was negotiated between the parties, the contract was signed and then it received the approval at the government meeting, through the DCM. “Surprised by so much haste to approve this activity, we went to our camera inside this incinerator, which at first glance looked according to European standards”- it is said in the 2017 chronicle, prepared by Endrit Habilaj.
Further, in this chronicle are published facts, how the “Integrated Technology Services” company was announced the winner for the tender for the construction of the incinerator in Fier. Like “Alb Tech Energy” a year ago, “Integrated Technology Services” sent a letter to the government, asking it to build an incinerator, but this time in Fier.
The government immediately set in motion, and in September 2016 “Integrated Technology Services” was declared the winner by securing the right to build the incinerator in Fier worth 28 million euros. The company that will build the incinerator in Fier, has so far received 11 payments from the Ministry of Environment worth 6.5 billion Lek, although the construction in question has not yet started, because the surrounding residents refuse to build it”- it was said further in the chronicle.
But what happened today? The same journalist, who until yesterday prepared the chronicles against the incinerators, today comes out in their favor. Endrit Habilaj has already gone to Ben Blushi and has become part of “Top Media”.
Habilaj is the administrator of “Shqip”, a newspaper that is already bankrupt and is no longer on the market. Contrary to his attitudes of three years ago, Habilaj came out in defense of the incinerators, preparing shows in their favor. Top Channel’s “Top Story”, a show hosted by Habilaj, has long been the biggest incinerator lawyer.
Endrit Habilaj, the same person who made the 2017 chronicle for “The Unexposed”, who has dozens of facts against the incinerators’ affair, now makes a show that is in favor of incinerators. Now, who is a journalist that should we trust, Endrit Halibaj paid by Ylli Rakipi, or Endrit Halibaj paid by Ben Blushi?
Here the journalist emerges as e mercenary, as there are two opposite direct public attitudes expressed in chronicles. When he was in another staff he went against the incinerators, now that is a part of Ben Blushi’s staff, the partner of Klodian Zoto and Mirel Mërtiri, he in favor of the incinerators. What has changed? Have they increased his salary as a mercenary? Because it seems difficult to call him a journalist./CNA.al