News and Events

Albania and Kosovo Ministers, Experts Discuss Higher Education

BIRN Kosovo, in association with the Kosovo Foundation for Open Society, hosted a discussion panel entitled ‘The challenges of higher education in Kosovo and Albania’ on July 7 in Durres, Albania.

BIRN Albania Documentary Screened for EU Grantees

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania held a special screening of its documentary ‘Free Flow’ for grantees of EU-funded projects in Albania on July 4, when it was hailed as an example of effective cooperation between journalists and civil society to advocate for environmental and community rights.

Balkan Public Service Media Assistance Project Starts

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 Holds Meetings on Regional War Crimes Prosecution Cooperation

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.

BIRN Interview Quoted During Ukrainian President’s Visit

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.

Bosnian Officials Spend 4.5 Million Euros on Vehicles

Bosnian government institutions and public companies spent around 4.5 million euros on purchasing vehicles in the first six months of 2018, BIRN’s new database shows.

Few Kosovo Corruption Verdicts Lead to Jail Terms – BIRN

Only a small proportion of those found guilty of corruption in Kosovo end up in prison, the 12th court monitoring report produced by BIRN and Internews Kosova finds.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Inheritance Law Debate

BIRN Kosovo held a roundtable discussion on June 26 entitled ‘Moving forward with the package of laws on inheritance, addressing gender issues’.

New Partners for ‘Public Money’ Project in Serbia

Three civil society organisations were selected on June 11 as partners on the ‘Public Money for Public Interest’ project which is being conducted by BIRN Serbia, the Independent Journalism Association of Serbia (IJAS) and the Slavko Curuvija Foundation, funded by the European Union.

BIRN Summer School 2018 in Romania

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.

BIRN-Backed Documentary Wins Washington Festival Award

The documentary film ‘Kosovo… Nazdravlje! Gëzuar!’, produced by the Association of Independent Journalists of Vojvodina and BIRN Kosovo, won the audience award at the Serbian Contemporary Short and Documentary Film Festival on June 10 in Washington DC.

Belgrade Insight Publishes Special Pride Month Issue

The latest issue of BIRN’s newspaper Belgrade Insight, published on Friday, is the first Serbian publication to join global celebrations of LGBT Pride Month.

Conference Discusses Ombudsperson’s Role in Kosovo

The embassy of the Netherlands in Kosovo, ACDC and BIRN held a conference and discussion in north Mitrovica on June 12, to endorse the ‘Boosting the Role of the Ombudsperson in Watching Human Rights in Kosovo’ project, which is supported by the embassy of Netherlands and is being implemented by ACDC and BIRN.

Serbian ‘Alternative Report’ Responds to EU Media Assessment

Six civil society organisations in Serbia, including BIRN, have prepared a comment and Alternative Report on the findings on freedom of expression and media pluralism in the European Commission’s recently-published Serbia Country Report for 2017.

UK Parliament Opens Inquiry After BIRN Weapons Report

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.

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