Programme

Regional Reporting on Transitional Justice Issues

The programme aims to contribute to the reconciliation process in the region by raising awareness of transitional justice issues among the citizens of the former Yugoslav republics.

Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia Duration: 2011 - 2014

Summary

The programme aims to promote best practice among local media outlets in reporting on often sensitive post-conflict transitional justice issues.

It works to improve the state of reporting in this specific field by creating a regional network of journalists who are trained to competently cover all aspects of the process and by allowing local media to republish high quality contributions.

The team also produces a 10-minute radio programme called “Roads to Justice”, which covers the region and is broadcast monthly by numerous radio stations throughout the Balkans. In addition, BIRN participates in regional conferences on related subjects.

The BIRN team has also finished the filming of a series of six TV pieces, which will be released as a feature-length film. The series follows six young people from the former Yugoslav countries as they explore the less obvious legacy of the 20th-century wars in the Balkans on their travels through the region.

The Regional Reporting on Transitional Justice Issues programme targets victims' groups in the region and in the diaspora, as well as victims of war and former camp inmates.

In addition, the programme is aimed at international NGOs, human rights groups and local and international journalists.

It is supported by the European Commission, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, and the British Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Information Sheet

Main Objective:
  • To establish a network of journalists in the Balkans (Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Team), who will be trained to report on transitional justice issues in the region, raising awareness and assisting in the reconciliation process.
Specific Objectives:
  • To contribute to the reconciliation process by raising awareness of transitional justice issues among the citizens of former Yugoslav Republics;
  • To improve the state of the media in this specific field while creating a regional network of journalists who are capable of covering all the aspects of the on-going process and by allowing local media to republish high quality articles;
  • To promote best practice in terms of reporting on often sensitive post-conflict transitional justice processes among local media outlets.
Main Activities:
  • Training for a specialized Transitional Justice Regional Journalistic Team;
  • Editorial Production;
  • Online Production and dissemination;
  • Radio "Roads to Justice" production and dissemination;
  • TV Regional Justice Production and dissemination. Regional Conferences.
Target Groups:
  • Victims’ groups in the region, as well as the diaspora;
  • Women victims of war and women searching for their families;
  • Male former camp inmates from throughout the region and abroad;
  • International NGOs, watchdogs, justice sector development institutions (i.e. Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Centre for Transitional Justice etc);
  • Journalists, local and worldwide, who report on transitional justice issues.
Highlights:
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