News and Events

BIRN Albania’s Documentary ‘Free Flow’ Premiered

Nearly 100 activists, civil society representatives and film buffs packed the Destil Hostel in Tirana on June 5 for the premiere of the BIRN Albania-produced documentary ‘Free Flow’, which was directed by documentary film-maker Elton Baxhaku.

BIRN Refutes Claims It Ignored US Role in Arms Trade

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.

BIRN Regional Meeting Held in Bucharest

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.

Tirana Court Dismisses Judge’s Defamation Claim Against BIRN

An Albanian court dismissed a claim of “moral anguish” brought by a judge and his wife against BIRN Albania.

BIRN Kosovo Held Grant Information Sessions

BIRN Kosovo held two information sessions on May 24 and 25, one in Prishtina and one in North Mitrovica, to provide clarifications and answer questions from prospective applicants to the ‘Support to Civil Society and Media Initiatives’ project funded by European Union in Kosovo.

Ban on BIRN Covering Erdogan Rally Left Unexplained

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.

Call for Proposals Aimed To Strengthen Independent Journalism

Call for Proposals for the EU Funded Project

Resonant Voices Initiative Launches Anti-Radicalisation Projects

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.

BIRN Albania Opens Call for Investigations on Healthcare

Following a roundtable discussion between civil society organsations and journalists about corruption and transparency in the healthcare sectors, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania (BIRN Albania) is opening a call for investigative stories.

BIRN Cited in International Reports

Monitoring reports produced by BIRN and articles published in its regional publication Balkan Insight continue to be quoted in international reports about media, human rights and politics in the region.

Montenegrin Journalists to Investigate Environmental Issues

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.

BFJE 2018 kicks off in Vienna

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.

BIRN Bosnia Cited As Example of Lawsuits Used as Tool

BIRN Bosnia’s own experience of lawsuits used as a tool to silence the media features in a new report on defamation cases against journalists.

BIRN Albania Holds Workshop On Health

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania on Thursday May 3rd held a workshop on corruption, mismanagement and abuse of office in the health sector in Albania.

BBC and Al Jazeera English release BIRN-backed documentaries

The BBC and Al Jazeera English have produced investigative documentaries in recent months working alongside BIRN’s in-house investigative team.

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