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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.

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.

5 June 15 so-here-s-to-the-next-decade

So, here’s to the next decade

Many years ago, a former colleague at the Independent newspaper, Steve Crawshaw, now a senior figure at Amnesty, invited me to go hear a talk in London by a Serbian journalist who had been forced out of Milosevic’s thuggish regime in Serbia. The room was hot, the microphone far away and I could barely hear what the distant blond-haired woman was actually saying.

3 June 15 ten-years-of-birn

Ten years of BIRN

The Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence is an editor’s dream. You get to spend a year working with the brightest reporters in the region. You get to step outside the breaking-news cycle and do some truly meaningful journalism. And above all, you get BIRN, making it all possible.

3 June 15 we-chose-to-be-watchdogs-not-lapdogs

We chose to be watchdogs, not lapdogs

With five women and one man sitting around a table a decade ago, a decision was reached in the spur of a moment without any concrete plan for the future. Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN was born. It was a sound of fury and exasperation - a stark reminder that endless negotiations on the future of IWPR’s Balkans programme had come to a fruitless end. That end was our chance for a new beginning.

2 June 15 birn-kosovo-presented-the-report-on-implementation-of-kosovo-serbia-dialogue

BIRN Kosovo Presented the Report on Implementation of Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

The European Policy Center (EPC) gathered authors of the “Big Deal” report, which exclusively talks about implementation of Kosovo-Serbia dialogue.

29 May 15 birn-macedonia-launches-eight-call-for-investigative-reports

BIRN Macedonia Launches Eight Call for Investigative Reports

BIRN Macedonia, together with Centre for Investigative journalism - SCOOP Macedonia and the Centre for Civil Communications launched the seventh call for investigative stories on June 1st.

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