A prominent Montenegrin anti-corruption watchdog has named a BIRN investigation into financial abuses by local chiefs in the Montenegrin town of Ulcinj the best story using freedom of information requests in 2018.
Six national public service broadcasters from the Western Balkans signed a memorandum of understanding in Tirana on June 27, officially marking the start of the project ‘Technical Assistance to Public Service Media in the Western Balkans’, funded by the EU to the sum of 1.5 million euros.
BIRN organised meetings of transitional justice stakeholders in Zagreb and Sarajevo in June to develop recommendations for improving regional cooperation in prosecuting crimes committed during the 1990s wars.
Reporting on the visit by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to Serbia, Radio Free Europe – Balkan service reported that the tensions between Belgrade and the Ukrainian ambassador in Serbia, which had diplomatic consequences, arose in early November 2017 and that the trigger was ambassador Oleksandr Aleksandrovych’s interview with BIRN.
This year’s BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting will be held from August 19th to 25th in Poiana Brasov, a Romanian resort best known for winter sports but also for hiking and other activities.
The British parliament’s committee on arms export controls requested internal correspondence related to the shipment of ammunition from Bosnia to Saudi Arabia, following BIRN’s investigation into the deal.
In response to the report “Loud whistle: Journalism is a powerful weapon and whistleblowers must be protected” – published on the portal pistaljka.rs on June 7, 2018 and republished by other media – Balkan Investigative Reporting Network hereby refutes a number of biased and inaccurate claims concerning a series of investigative reports on the international arms trade published by BIRN this year and last.
Directors, board members, partners and donors of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, met in the Romanian capital Bucharest on June 2-3 for the network’s latest regional meeting of its governing bodies.
No explanation has been given why BIRN and other media outlets were denied accreditation to cover the rally held in Sarajevo by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Ten pilot projects from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia and Serbia have been launched as part of Resonant Voices Initiative, all aimed at challenging polarising, inflammatory and radicalising narratives.
Three journalists from Montenegrin media have been selected to carry out multimedia journalistic investigations on the subjects of environment and sustainable development, which are covered by the Chapter 27 in the EU negotiation process.
Fake news merchants, corrupt officials and political thugs are just a few of the targets in the crosshairs of journalists chosen for the 2018 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.