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Call for Expression of Interest

Strengthening the media’s role in transparency of political party financing.

Durres, April 29-30, 2017

13 April 17 birn-investigates-scandals-at-the-university-of-prishtina

BIRN Investigates Scandals at the University of Prishtina

The University of Prishtina has been plagued with scandals in recent years, leading BIRN to investigate the university’s practices. Through its television programme “Life in Kosovo,” BIRN presented its findings on suspicious promotion cases and dubious professorial publishing practices. 

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BIRN Discusses Fake News

 On April 4th, 2017, BIRN was pleased to participate in a weekly salon organized by Democracy for Development, D4D, in Prishtina to discuss the phenomenon of fake news. Opening remarks were delivered by the panelists, including BIRN representatives, about the Internet’s strong influence on loosening the public’s grip on the truth. 


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Who owns the Media in Serbia?

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) and Reporters Without Borders have started a joint “Media Ownership Monitor” project to shed light on the Serbian media market.  

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Krypomëter Explained at University of Prishtina

April 4th saw the first public lecture on fact checking at the University of Prishtina’s Faculty of Philology, Department of Journalism, concerning the “Krypometër’’ tool created by 

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Fact-checking Day Honoured at University of AAB

On April 5th, in honour of international fact-checking week, the team in cooperation with University of AAB’s Department of Mass Communications in Pristina, held a lecture at the university.

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BIRN BiH Helps Initiative Plan Monitoring Bosnia’s

Members of the Initiative for Monitoring the European Integration of Bosnia and Herzegovina [the Initiative], including BIRN BiH, held a two-day strategic planning session focusing on monitoring Bosnia’s European integration process in the upcoming period. The session took place on March 21st and 22nd in the capital, Sarajevo.

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BIRN Regional Project on Openness Now Underway

With the support of German Foreign Office Stability Pact funds, BIRN regional organisation has started the implementation of a nine-month regional project that aims to contribute to professionalizing media reporting on legal proceedings related to organized crime and corruption.

6 April 17

BIRN Chats with Student Participants in “Dialogue Across Borders”

On March 10th, 2017, BIRN hosted a group of students, primarily studying political science, who were participating in a workshop organized by “Dialogue Across Borders: Overcoming Borders through European Integration.” The project specifically aims to facilitate dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, while assisting in the normalization of relations between the two.

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Challenging Dangerous Messages Online: Workshop Application

CIJA US, in cooperation with BIRN and the Foundation Dokukino will organize a series of capacity building activities in the Western Balkans in 2017 for activists, journalists, bloggers, educators and other online (and offline) influencers to help develop online communication strategies to respond to dangerous content.

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Al Jazeera produces documentary based on BIRN BiH story

After BIRN BiH presented three stories relating to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s wartime past at the‘True Stories Market’ at the Sarajevo Film Festival in 2016, Al Jazeera decided to produce a documentary based on one of them.

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BIRN Marks International Fact-Checking Day with Various Foreign and Domestic Diplomats

To celebrate International Fact-Checking day, BIRN was privileged to end the month of March by hosting a Kosovo diplomat and three foreign diplomats currently serving their missions in Kosovo.

On March 31st, two days before the international day celebrating fact-checkers, BIRN Kosovo hosted German Ambassador Angelika Viets, followed by the Kosovo Ambassador to Serbia, Valdet Sadiku. Following these sessions, BIRN warmly welcomed the Head of the EU’s Office in Kosovo and the EU Special Representative Nataliya Apostolova and the Italian Ambassador to Kosovo, Piero Cristoforo Sardi.


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Reporters Without Borders, BIRN Serbia Visit Media Houses

Representatives of the Reporters Without Borders - Germany and BIRN Serbia visited the Adria Media Group publishing house as part of the Media Ownership Monitor project. 

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BIRN Serbia Starts Three-Year Media Project

In cooperation with the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia and Slavko Curuvija Foundation, BIRN Serbia is implementing a project aimed at creating the conditions for the development of free and diverse media that work in the public interest.

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International Fact Checking Day celebrated in Kosovo

BIRN Kosovo marked April 2, the International Fact-Checking Day, which saw fact-checking organisations across the world celebrating under the motto "Do not let them fool you: Facts are important".

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