Corruption, Right On!

  title={Corruption, Right On!},
  author={Smoki Musaraj},
  journal={Current Anthropology},
  pages={S105 - S116}
  • Smoki Musaraj
  • Published 19 March 2018
  • Political Science
  • Current Anthropology
Since 2002, the satirical investigative television show Fiks Fare (“Right On!” or “Exactly”) has aired immediately after prime-time news at a leading national broadcasting network in Albania. Through sting operations and cynical satire, the show tells the raw story of everyday experiences of corruption in Albanian society—from daily interactions with low-level public administration officers to the backroom deals of high-level officials. Over the years, Fiks Fare has endured as an effective… 

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