BIRN Network Meeting 2017

This year’s biannual BIRN Network Meeting will be held at Mt Kopaonik in Serbia, from July 7 to 10.

Hotels on Kopaonik from slopes of Suvo Rudište (1976m). Photo: Wikipedia user Bobik

Along with team-building activities, the Network on July 8 will hold a session celebrating BIRN’s past achievements and discussing the issues that Network members have faced over the last year.

We will also examine new regional and global realities through a debate, “New Reality – Increased Attacks on Press and Watchdogs in the Balkans,” moderated by Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo Director.

Liberal democracies are under pressure, populists are coming to power, and we are seeing an unprecedented rise in attacks on civil society organisations and the press.

We will be discussing these and other issues with members of our network and with our board, including Tim Judah, Wolfgang Petrich and Stefan Lehne.

They will share their insights on authoritarian trends within the Balkans, populist movements in Western democracies, their impact on the press and on watchdog organisations and ramifications for our region.

We will also be welcoming a new US member of the board, Bob Bierman, who has a wealth of experience in the media business. We look forward to hearing what he has to say about Donald Trump’s America and what the presidency may mean for the rest of us.

Click here for Network Meeting Agenda.