The United Nations Development Programme in Kosovo published a new report called ‘Perceptions on Transitional Justice’ on Tuesday, outlining the current problems that Kosovo is facing over reconciliation, missing persons, reparations and other key post-conflict issues including media coverage of war crimes topics.
The UNDP report analysed the role of media in reporting on transitional justice issues, comparing the current situation with a previous survey published by the organisation in 2007.
“Although print and electronic media throughout the region still continue to reproduce nationalistic narratives, it is evident that respondents [to the latest survey] can clearly make a distinction between media that are professional in researching and reporting on war crimes,” the report said.
“New media cooperation initiatives in the Western Balkans that cover transitional justice issues have become more visible after the 2007 survey. For example, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network and Balkan Insight have managed to cover these topics successfully,” it underlined.
The report, based on a public opinion survey of 1,250 people from all Kosovo’s ethnic groups, said that past grievances were still obstructing progress on reconciliation within society.
The survey’s authors interviewed 850 ethnic Albanians, 200 ethnic Serbs and 200 people of other ethnicities in Kosovo.
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina's deputy editor Denis Dzidic participated in a Helsinki Committee for Human Rights in Republika Srpska education session in Bijeljina this week, an event being held from May 20-24 under the banner ‘Transitional Justice in Universities’.
BIRN Macedonia, together with Centre for Investigative journalism, SCOOP Macedonia and the Centre for Civil Communications launched a call for investigative stories on May 17.
Quality of life was the subject of a debate in Skopje on May 15 organised by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Macedonia in partnership with the Centre for Civil Communications, part of the USAID programme for strengthening independent media in Macedonia.
The 2013 Reporting Europe Prize has been handed to Sorana Stanescu for her story about the exploitation of migrant workers in the UK, produced under the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Kosovo and ARTICLE 19 have welcomed the draft law on the protection of journalists’ sources which was sent for its first reading by the Kosovo assembly’s media committee on April 19.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Macedonia in partnership with the Centre for Civic Communications organised a debate on May 13 in Skopje entitled ‘Detecting common issues as a basis for cooperation between journalists and non-governmental organisations about the inclusion of marginalised groups in society’.
BIRN Serbia journalist Slobodan Georgiev has won the 2013 National Investigative Journalism Award, a prize given by the Independent Association of Journalists in Serbia.
The ten reporters chosen for this year’s Balkan Fellowship of Journalistic Excellence have planned their assignments over the course of an intensive three-day seminar in Vienna.
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network - Macedonia in partnership with the Center for Civic Communications, CCC, organized a debate on April 29 in Skopje entitled “Detecting common issues as a basis for cooperation between journalists and non-governmental organizations about environmental issues”.
BIRN Serbia, part of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, held a conference on April 26 to discuss its portal Javno.rs, an open and fully searchable database containing thousands of documents on public expenditure (see http://javno.skockajtebudzet.rs/index.php).