is the owner and staff editor of Gazeta 55. He is also writes books. He has been described as someone close to Albanian prime minister Sali Berisha. Some commentators in the media have questioned his integrity regarding his past as former collaborator of the communist dictatorship and present anti-communist zeal. His business deals have also been labeled as dishonest by some in the media.
05.02.2011 Mesazhi fetar i mediave të pushtetit. E-Zani. Gazeta 55 e z. Fahri Balliu është ndoshta burimi mediatik i printuar më i pasur në ofrimin në shqip të lajmeve të Radio Vatikanit. Shfletuesit e rregullt të kësaj gazete ndërkaq e kanë vënë re këtë fakt.