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28 August 15 civil-activists-seek-expanded-role-in-balkans-future

Civil Activists Seek Expanded Role in Balkans' Future

Civil sector groups from six Western Balkans countres urged their political leaders to secure freedom of expression and media independence, also calling for more of a role in their countries' EU integration processes.

24 August 15 sixth-birn-summer-school-opens-in-albania

Sixth BIRN Summer School opens in Albania

BIRN’s summer school for investigative reporting opened in Durres, Albania, with a plea to journalists to channel their curiosity.

19 August 15 birn-macedonia-launches-skopje-2014-uncovered-database

BIRN Macedonia Launches “Skopje 2014 Uncovered” Database

On the anniversary of the devastating Skopje earthquake in 1963, BIRN Macedonia published an online interactive database “Skopje 2014 Uncovered” documenting the new classical look of Skopje in the past five years.

17 July 15 birn-albania-journalists-win-eu-investigative-award

BIRN Albania Journalists Win EU Investigative Award

Three BIRN Albania journalists were among the top four winners of a prestigious EU award.

10 July 15 a-unique-voice-and-an-inspiration

A Unique Voice and an Inspiration

Let me congratulate you on your 10th anniversary and wish you all the best for your next decade and hopefully more years of contributing to investigative journalism and media freedom in the Balkans. 

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.

29 June 15 birn-serbia-naled-run-budget-process-workshops

BIRN Serbia, NALED, Run Budget Process Workshops

Nine towns and municipalities in Serbia - Sombor, Subotica, Pirot, Knjazevac, Sremska Mitrovica, Pancevo, Ruma, Zrenjanin and Trstenik - took part in workshops on the topic of involving citizens in the budget process with representatives of BIRN Serbia and NALED in the framework of the project "Participatory Budgeting".

22 June 15 online-media-association-formed

Online Media Association Formed

A new online association, OMA, brings together 18 internet portals from all parts of Serbia, committed to the affirmation of the free, independent and professional work of online media and highest journalistic standards, the statement by OMA said.

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.

17 June 15 birn-bih-at-the-international-conference-the-research-process-documentation-and-prosecution-of-genocide-in-bosnia-and-herzegovina

BIRN BIH at the International conference "The Research Process, Documentation and Prosecution of Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina"

Erna Mackic, Chief Editor at BIRN BiH, moderated a panel called “Legal, Political and Ethical Dimension of Genocide and Holocaust Denial”, at the International conference "The Research Process, Documentation and Prosecution of Genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina", held in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on June 11 and 12 2015.

12 June 15 birn-conference-media-freedom-being-rolled-back-in-balkans

BIRN Conference: Media Freedom Being Rolled Back in Balkans

Threat to media freedom in the Western Balkans demands immediate action, BIRN’s 10th anniversary regional confercence in Sarajevo heard.

12 June 15 hahn-presses-balkan-govts-on-media-freedom

Hahn Presses Balkan Govts on Media Freedom

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn told a BIRN conference that media freedom in the Balkans has become a major concern that must be addressed urgently.

11 June 15 birn-hosts-media-freedom-conference

BIRN Hosts Media Freedom Conference

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, BIRN will host a regional media conference to discuss crucial issues affecting the sector and present recommendations from Balkan civil society to governments to improve the media situation.

11 June 15 birn-bosnia-director-interviewed-on-tv-n1

BIRN Bosnia Director Interviewed on TV N1

Mirna Buljugic, the director of BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina, appeared on regional CNN affiliate TV N1 to talk about BIRN’s regional conference on media freedom challenges in the Balkans which is taking place on Friday.

10 June 15 pushing-to-the-limits-for-freedom

The BIRN effect

So BIRN is ten years old, and I have been asked to write a few lines about what it has meant to me. I have so many memories of my time with this unique organisation, of fascinating people, hard lessons, and incredible experiences, that it's difficult to know where to start.

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