Ten Years of Making a Difference

We were small group of media enthusiasts who came together at a time when the wounds of war still were fresh. To produce good journalism was the idea that united us and, behind it, a wish to live in a better, democratic place. Above everything, we wanted to succeed. But a thorny road lay in front of us and almost no resources.

Today, ten years later, we have grown into a unique, powerful network, with hundreds of employees and with thousands investigative articles published and TV and radio shows broadcast – in as many languages as exist in the Balkans. Numerous journalists and civil society partners have taken part in our programmes.

To produce groundbreaking investigations, open up taboo topics, confront corrupt governments and allow the voices of weak and the vulnerable to be heard - that was the task that we undertook. This is still the task that we intend to pursue. Join us on that journey.

A Journey Through Time

In the timeline below, leaf through the history of our network




1 July 15 birn-conference-sparks-widespread-media-interest BIRN Conference Sparks Widespread Media Interest

Several Bosnian TV stations, including the region’s CNN affiliate N1 and over 30 online media outlets, reported on BIRN’s conference on media freedom challenges in the Balkans held last week.

17 June 15 birn-marks-its-tenth-birthday-in-bosnia BIRN Marks its Tenth Birthday in Bosnia

The BIRN network celebrated its 10th anniversary from June 12th to 14th with a regional media conference in the Bosnian capital, Sarajevo, followed by series of team building events, meetings and workshops on Mt Vlasic, some two hours’ drive away.