News and Events

BIRN Kosovo Publishes Municipal Procurement Report

BIRN Kosovo, with the support of USAID, published a report on Thursday about procurement procedures in Kosovo’s municipalities from October 2017 to October 2018.

Applications Open for 2019 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

Do you know of a brilliant story that is begging to be reported? Do you want to take your skills as a journalist to another level, receiving close editorial support and a generous allowance to research a subject in depth?

BIRN Albania Documentary to be Screened at European Parliament

BIRN Albania’s documentary ‘Free Flow’, about resistance to hydropower plant developers, will be screened on March 7 at the European Parliament in Brussels during a conference entitled ‘Save the Balkan Rivers: Resisting Hydroelectric Power Plants (HPPs) in the Balkans and Albania’.

Justice Report Ukraine – Grants for Journalists

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, in cooperation with Hromadske, is launching a call for in-depth investigative stories on transitional justice themes in Ukraine.

Albania Rights Groups Condemn ‘Undemocratic’ Media Bills

Edi Rama is being urged to withdraw two media bills that rights groups say pose a serious threat to freedom of the media and democracy in the country.

BIRN Urges Russian Leader To Release Journalists

As Vladimir Putin visits Belgrade, BIRN journalists have used the occasion to call on the Kremlin leader to release imprisoned journalists in Russia and respect human rights.

Belgrade Insight to be integrated into Balkan Insight

After a 265 issue run, Belgrade Insight, BIRN’s bi-weekly Belgrade-focused English-language newspaper, printed its last paper edition on Friday 21 December, 2018.

BIRN and Partners Start Balkans, Turkey Media Freedom Project

The goal of the three-year project entitled ‘Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey’, led by BIRN Hub and its partners and supported by the European Union, is to enhance media trust among citizens and create a safe environment for journalists to produce independent news content through training, mentoring, technical and financial support, and publishing.

BIRN’s Krypometer Receives New Fact-Checking License

The International Fact-Checking Network, IFCN, has granted BIRN’s Krypometer an extended license to operate after a careful assessment of the work of this product.

BIRN and Internews Kosova Welcome Court Access Regulation

The Kosovo Judicial Council, KJC, has issued a decision regulating access by parties to courts, which prohibits lawyers from approaching judges without prior arrangement and without the other parties being present and has sent a letter demanding equal measures for prosecutors to be implemented as well.

BIRN Publishes Transitional Justice Report

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network published the report “After the ICTY: Accountability, Truth and Justice in the Former Yugoslavia” which aims to map current challenges in regional cooperation over war crimes prosecutions and missing persons, victims’ participation, and the role of archives, art, media and museums in dealing with the past.

BIRN Staff Trained in Google Analytics Management

BIRN journalists, web team and project management staff attended a training in the use of Google Analytics on December 26 and 27 in Belgrade.

BIRN Journalists Trained on Advanced Journalistic Techniques and Mobile Journalism

Twenty journalists and editors from BIRN’s regional web portal Balkan Insight and other BIRN organisations attended an advanced training on journalistic techniques and mobile journalism in Montenegro from December 17-20.

Three BIRN-Backed Stories Receive Prizes for Human Rights Reporting in Kosovo

Three journalistic pieces produced by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, were awarded with prizes in a competition by the NGO Coalition for the Protection of Children, KOMF.

BIRN Launches Project to Support Female Journalists

With the support of the Internews Balkans Media Assistance Programme, BIRN Hub has launched a six-month project which will provide support to female journalists, enabling them to share their stories about being exposed to threats or harassment and to collaborate with colleagues in other Western Balkan countries who have also had similar experiences.