News and Events

BIRN Romania Launches Reporting Project on Moldova

The Black Sea Trust For Regional Cooperation (BST), a project of the U.S. German Marshall Fund, has awarded BIRN Romania a journalism grant aimed at fostering mutual understanding between the peoples of Moldova and Romania via a series of human-interest stories (print and audio) on what it means to be citizens of these countries, separate states but yet so close in terms of history, culture and language.

BIRN Recognised for Investigative Reporting in Montenegro

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.

16 Applicants Receive Awards from BIRN’s EU-Funded Grant Scheme

Out of 41 applicants, including institutions, organisations and individuals, 16 were selected as beneficiaries of BIRN’s Medium and Small Grant Scheme, which is funded by the European Union

Film about Wives of Syrian Fighters to Screen at DokuFest

The film ‘Voices from Within’, produced under the Resonant Voices granting scheme, which aims to challenge polarising, inflammatory and radicalising narratives in the Balkans, will be screened at the upcoming DokuFest film festival, which is being held from August 3-11 in Prizren, Kosovo.

BIRN Bosnia Wins Award for Corruption Investigation

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday won the 2018 ACCOUNT award for the best multimedia investigation into corruption for a report on the purchasing of safe goalposts for Bosnian schools.

Former Decan judge accused of abuse of office is released, her son is found guilty

An earmarked case for visa liberalization, the abuse of office and bribery case against a Decani judge, her son, and a police officer, ends with a single guilty verdict.

BIRN Albania Film Screened in Hydropower Protest Village

BIRN Albania’s documentary ‘Free Flow’, about resistance to hydropower plant developers, was screened on Thursday in the village of Polis, the first place in the country to protest against the construction of a hydropower plant, which locals say has dried up a vital water supply for the irrigation of their lands.

BIRN Coverage of Srebrenica Anniversary Widely Quoted

The coverage of this year’s 23rd anniversary of the genocide in Srebrenica by BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina and BIRN’s regional programme Balkan Transitional Justice was widely republished and quoted by other media.

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.