Assignment Editor

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network, BIRN, is looking for an assignment editor with a strong understanding of the current affairs in Southeast and Central Europe, whose main tasks will be to coordinate investigative journalists working on country-based and cross-border investigations.

Job Description

 BIRN’s Investigative Reporting Initiative programme is seeking a dedicated editor who will work closely with BIRN’s editorial team to ensure the quality of BIRN’s investigative work. This remote position is open for any experienced interested editor from anywhere in the world.

Skills

  • Relevant experience in producing and/or editing high quality journalism.
  • A strong understanding of the current affairs in Southeast and Central Europe, as well as politics, legal systems, and critical issues.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with and manage cross-border teams consisting of different nationalities and different profiles of journalists.
  • Efficient in managing and sub-editing copy.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Good writing skills.
  • A highly developed and authoritative judgement of news and current affairs.
  • Understanding of law and ethics in relation to publishing and broadcasting in Southeast and Central Europe.

Responsibilities

Working alongside the lead investigations’ editor on the programme, the chosen associate editor will be in charge of:

  • selecting journalists for cross-border teams when necessary;
  • coordinating the work of investigative journalists and providing them with editorial and mentoring support;
  • on the job training of interns (through online training sessions and concrete journalistic assignments);
  • pitching new investigative stories, as well as commissioning cross-border and country-based investigations;
  • editorial involvement in ongoing projects, such as working on various databases and freedom of information reports;
  • arranging the re-publication of the programme’s investigations in regional and international media outlets;
  • reviewing pitches and applications that are part of the programme, such as for BIRN’s flagship Summer School of Investigative Reporting;
  • contributing to/writing actual investigative reports, alone or in conjunction with other editors/investigative journalists;
  • regular (weekly, monthly and ad hoc) meetings with: journalists, other editors and BIRN project/programme teams;
  • conducting, developing and guiding journalistic research;
  • communicating with lawyers and arranging legal checks of investigations when necessary.
  • writing project reports and coordinating other project outputs when needed.

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Maintaining appropriate contacts with BIRN country offices and/or personnel, necessary to ensure the proper execution of the abovementioned duties.
  • Carrying out any other duties that may reasonably or exceptionally be required to ensure the smooth operation of BIRN’s work, such as substituting for absent colleagues, etc.
  • Preparing contracts for journalists/hired agencies such as development agencies and submitting payment requests to BIRN’s financial department.
  • Keeping track of programme-related activities that are needed for internal/external verification (such as email correspondence, evaluation forms, photos/screenshots, agendas etc).

Why you should join our team

We said a lot about what we are looking for, but here is what we offer our future colleague:

  • A proactive and dynamic working environment;
  • Opportunities for professional growth;
  • To be part of the award-winning team of journalists and editors
  • Travel and participation in BIRN-organised workshops and trainings;
  • Empowering experience of working as a part of a large regional organisation with more than 200 employees around the region;
  • An opportunity to collaborate with the most prominent investigative outlets in Europe;
  • Support for developing and implementing your own ideas.

Who can apply?

BIRN welcomes applications from anywhere in the world. BIRN encourages applicants no matter their gender and offers an equal chance to all interested persons without any prejudice based on any grounds.

How to apply?

To apply for this position, please use the online form from this link.

The call for applications will be active until November 14, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. All candidates will receive information on the status of their application.

About BIRN

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is a network of non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN Hub is a non-governmental organisation, a part of the Regional BIRN Network, working in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while the Network is editorially also present in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. BIRN strives to empower people to access their rights, by providing accurate and relevant information and by creating opportunities for them to participate in democratic processes.

Investigative Reporting Initiative is one of our core programmes dedicated to exposing wrongdoings of powerful individuals and private and public organisations linked to people in power through investigative work. A large part of our work is devoted to training new generations of journalists – especially those interested in investigative journalism – in the Balkans and beyond. We are also focused on freedom of information and transparency in the Balkans, which is why we track these important spheres in our annual reports and work with relevant regional and international stakeholders. Besides, we at BIRN are also working hard to advance the position, power and knowledge of journalists through various online platforms where they can easily communicate, access databases free of charge, find much-needed information, as well as to break the gap between their work and ever-changing technological aspects of today’s world. In that regard, BIRN hosts BIRD Community platform, part of which is BIRD Source, a comprehensive database consisting of more than 3 million documents BIRN decided to share with the general public.

 

 

BIRN Launches COVID Crisis Tech Response Livefeed Page

COVID Crisis Tech Response Livefeed, a new focus page on BIRN’s flagship Balkan Insight website, will deliver regular updates on digital and tech solutions that are being introduced during the coronavirus pandemic.

While monitoring pandemic-related incidents and activities in the digital environment, BIRN noticed the increased use of technology and digital solutions, both positive and negative, that were being offered to people in Central and South-East Europe by states and companies.

BIRN’s monitoring also showed that ordinary citizens have been the main victims of digital abuses and information warfare, while states, major companies and online platforms have neglected their responsibilities to protect people.

The COVID Crisis Tech Response Livefeed page aims to update readers on a wide range of technological innovations and solutions that have been developed as part of the response to the pandemic in the Central and South-East Europe region.

“From the beginning of the pandemic, we’ve been using all kinds of tech and digital solutions to keep our lives going. With this page, BIRN is mapping all the solutions that are being used in order to examine all the aspects of the various uses of technology that have been presented as the best and fastest solution to every problem during the pandemic,” said Sofija Todorovic, BIRN Project Manager.

The goal is to highlight trends and connections that would otherwise remain hidden in order to help civil society organisations and media respond more quickly and efficiently to future crises, but also to reveal misuses of tech solutions.

“We know that fast technology solutions can’t solve complex issues for society and it’s crucial to know what is happening with our data,” said Todorovic.

Digital and tech solutions being offered by private companies will be covered as well as state-designed tools.

Among the main issues that will be followed on the new page will be the introduction of apps for digital contact tracing, the implementation of online platforms and remote applications to map the spread of COVID-19, and the increasing use of online education.

The page will also examine how tech solutions have caused a rise in cases of unauthorised access to online platforms, sensitive data violations and banking scams, as well as the boom in disinformation and misrepresentation by scam websites.

 

 

New Job Opportunity: External Evaluator

Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network, BIRN Hub is looking for an external evaluator (company, individual, team), to carry out evaluation of our 3-year project, Balkan Transitional Justice Initiative, funded by the European Commission. 

The purpose of this evaluation is to undertake a comprehensive overall assessment of the achieved results of the support and to provide recommendations for possible continuation and scaling of the project. The evaluation will focus on Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Serbia and provide findings, conclusions and recommendations and identify good practices that could be possibly scaled up or replicated in future programmes and projects. Finally, the evaluation should provide evidence on the potential for future continuation and/or up-scaling of the initiative.

The conclusions and recommendations generated by this evaluation will be addressed to its main users: organizational management and the donor.

 Deadline for applications is 12 November 2021.

 Please find the full Terms of Reference from this link.

CEI SEEMO Investigative Awards Judges Praise BIRN Journalist

Nermina Kuloglija, a BIRN journalist from Bosnia and Herzegovina, was given a special mention by the judges of the CEI SEEMO journalism awards for outstanding merits in investigative journalism.

The judges at the CEI SEEMO journalism awards ceremony in Belgrade on Wednesday praised BIRN’s Nermina Kuloglija for her dedicated work on monitoring public procurement during the coronavirus pandemic.

From March 2020 until the end of the year, Kuloglija followed all public expenditures in Bosnia and Herzegovina that were part of the authorities’ counter-pandemic efforts through a special database. She registered the expenditures totalling more than 30 million euros and published several stories about the issue.

“Nermina was praised for the database she produced during the pandemic that collated public procurements across the country related to medical equipment, which also allowed her to reveal some notable corruption stories,” a member of this year’s jury, Sasa Lekovic, said while presenting the award.

The jury also gave a special mention to Vlad Odobescu, a freelance journalist who works for the Romanian Investigative Journalism Centre.

The award for outstanding investigative journalism was given to Sadeta Bajrovic, a journalist with the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Sarajevo, in the ‘professional journalists’ category. The jury has praised her stories focusing on vulnerable and ordinary people during the pandemic.

The award for ‘young journalist’ was given to Milica Vujanovic, a journalist who works for the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and KRIK investigative media outlet in Serbia, for her stories about organised crime.

The CEI SEEMO awards aim to honour the work carried out by investigative journalists and their contribution to investigative reporting despite the difficult conditions under which they have to operate. Thay are organised by the Central European Initiative, CEI, in cooperation with the South East Europe Media Organisation, SEEMO.

The 2021 awards were intended to bring public attention to journalists who reported on the social and economic influence of the pandemic on people’s lives, investigating stories focusing on gender, youth, minorities and people with disabilities.

BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist Shortlisted for International Award

Haris Rovcanin, a journalist with BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been shortlisted for the Fetisov Journalism Awards in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Peace’ category.

Four articles written by Haris Rovcanin for BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina, two of which were co-written by Albina Sorguc, have been shortlisted in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Peace’ category of this year’s Fetisov Journalism Awards.

The articles include two investigative pieces, Bosnian Serb Military Police Chiefs Never Charged with Srebrenica Killings and Serb Chetniks’ Links to War Criminals and Extremists Uncovered.

They also include a feature, 28 Years on, Families still Searching for Missing Bosnian Soldiers and an analysis piece, BIRN Fact Check: Is the Bosnian Serb Report on the Sarajevo Siege Accurate?

The annual Fetisov Journalism Awards aim to promote “universal human values such as honesty, justice, courage and nobility through the example of outstanding journalists from all over the world”.

Other nominees in the same category as Rovcanin include Swedish-Syrian duo Ali Al Ibrahim and Khalifa Al Khuder’s story ‘Syria’s Sinister Yet Lucrative Trade in Dead Bodies’, Nigerian journalist Kalopo Olapojua’s series of stories ‘Conflict in a Pandemic’, Spanish journalist Marga Zambrana’s article ‘Uyghur Refugees Speak Out Against Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ and Olatunji Ololade from Nigeria for the piece ‘The Boys Who Swapped Football for Bullets’.

The ‘Outstanding Contribution to Peace’ category recognises publications on anti-war topics that have made an important contribution to peace-making.

The three other categories in the awards are ‘Contribution to Civil Rights’, ‘Outstanding Investigative Reporting’ and ‘Excellence in Environmental Journalism’. This year, just under 400 entries from 80 countries were submitted.

Three winners will be announced in each of the categories in February, while the awards ceremony will take place in Switzerland in April

Former BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina journalist Sorguc was also shortlisted alongside Emina Dizdarevic for the Fetisov awards in 2019 in the ‘Outstanding Contribution to Peace category with a series of articles on war crimes and transitional justice.

 

 

Call for Registration: Online Training on Gender-Sensitive Reporting

Belgrade-based NGO Atina, together with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, is launching a series of online training courses focusing on gender-sensitive reporting on human trafficking and violence against women.

Journalists and writers from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia are invited to register for a two-day online training course on practicing gender-responsive reporting on human trafficking and violence against women.

The main idea behind the training is to examine and expose worrying and increasing trends in the incidence and prevalence of gender-based violence, both in the offline and online sphere in the Balkan region, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The training will be led by experienced activists from NGO ATINA, an organisation that has been running a direct support programme for trafficking and gender-based survivors in Serbia for 18 years now.

Designed to offer a deep insight into ways to avoid the most common mistakes in reporting on human trafficking and violence against women, the training will also offer participants a chance to practice methods of communication with survivors of violence. They should also encourage journalists and writers to apply the methods and lessons learned in their everyday work, raising the quality of their journalism.

There are two available slots for this online training:

  • December 8th – 9th
  • December 22nd – 23rd

Applicants must register for one of these three slots only. The number of participants per training day is limited, so time slots should be booked as soon as possible. Scroll down for registration.

The training will be held in the English language, from 10am to 2pm. Each training day will consist of two 1.5-hour-long sessions that will encompass interactive exercises, facilitated discussions, with an evidence-based approach to group work in practicing gender-responsive reporting on human trafficking and violence against women. At the beginning and at the end of the training course, there will be a questionnaire, and participants will be invited to keep a journalistic diary.

Agenda

Day I

10:00 – 10:30  Introduction of participants, topic and activities

10:30 – 12:00  Not victimhood reporting, but promotion of the agency of women

  • Proactive role of journalists in understanding the context of human trafficking and violence against women (meaning of the phenomenon, why it happens, who are the perpetrators and who are the victims, what are the main trends and statistics, involvement of journalists in the process of identification, referral, assistance and court proceedings)

12:00 – 12:30  Break

12:30 – 14:00  How to avoid the most common mistakes while reporting on human trafficking and violence against women

  • Deconstruction of stereotypes and prejudices

Day II

10:00 – 10:30  Warm-up and recapitulation of the previous day

10:30 – 12:00 Why wording matters

  • Communication with survivors and practicing preferred terminology for reporting

12:00 – 12:30  Break

12:30 – 14:00  Reporting on specific types of violence against women

  • Understanding of violence and abuse in the digital sphere

For more information, contact: Jelena Hrnjak ([email protected]).

Please register here and select a preferred slot. Upon registration, you will receive an email confirmation, and a Zoom link will be sent to all participants a few days before the training course.

The training is being organised with support from the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Belgrade.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Lamija Grebo

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its staff. For October, meet Lamija Grebo, a journalist at BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Lamija Grebo, 38, comes from Bosnia and Herzegovina and started working for BIRN as an intern in 2014, before becoming part of the editorial team in Sarajevo.

Last year, she was involved in a project by BIRN and the Srebrenica Memorial Centre to film 100 testimonies of surviving witnesses of the 1995 genocide in order to create an oral history which will become part of a permanent exhibition. The project, entitled ‘The Lives Behind the Fields of Death’, was launched in July 2021, and is aimed at combatting genocide denial.

For its groundbreaking work in covering transitional justice topics, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina was given the European Press Prize Special Award for 2020.

“I will not be modest and say that we are strangers to awards, but this one really feels special as it was given for years of reporting on war crimes trials, transitional justice issues and the problems faced by victims of the 1990s conflict. Countless trials, analyses, episodes of ‘TV Justice’ and stories that we reported were recognised with such important prize as the European Press Prize,” said Grebo.

“We take special pride in all our stories and they are rewards in themselves, but it is always good to be recognised by our colleagues and it justifies all the trust we are given when we report on such important matters,” she added.

BIRN was given the European Press Prize for its collaborative work. “Working as a team has its advantages and disadvantages, however in BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina, teamwork might be the key to our good quality stories and investigations,” said Grebo.

“Personally I find it easy to work with my co-workers as there is always some space to learn something more and it results in producing a better story. As a team, you just have more brain to pick and can easier overcome some obstacles in your work,” she added.

She said that BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina wants to continue investigating and discover new and important stories. “We are looking forward to continuing to do our work in the best way, not for the sake of reward, but for the sake of our profession and society,” she said.

 

 

Assignment Editor

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network, BIRN, is looking for an assignment editor with a strong understanding of the current affairs in Southeast and Central Europe, whose main tasks will be to coordinate investigative journalists working on country-based and cross-border investigations.

Job Description

 BIRN’s Investigative Reporting Initiative programme is seeking a dedicated editor who will work closely with BIRN’s editorial team to ensure the quality of BIRN’s investigative work. This remote position is open for any experienced interested editor from anywhere in the world.

Skills

  • Relevant experience in producing and/or editing high quality journalism.
  • A strong understanding of the current affairs in Southeast and Central Europe, as well as politics, legal systems, and critical issues.
  • Ability to meet tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work with and manage cross-border teams consisting of different nationalities and different profiles of journalists.
  • Efficient in managing and sub-editing copy.
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written English.
  • Good writing skills.
  • A highly developed and authoritative judgement of news and current affairs.
  • Understanding of law and ethics in relation to publishing and broadcasting in Southeast and Central Europe.

Responsibilities

Working alongside the lead investigations’ editor on the programme, the chosen associate editor will be in charge of:

  • selecting journalists for cross-border teams when necessary;
  • coordinating the work of investigative journalists and providing them with editorial and mentoring support;
  • on the job training of interns (through online training sessions and concrete journalistic assignments);
  • pitching new investigative stories, as well as commissioning cross-border and country-based investigations;
  • editorial involvement in ongoing projects, such as working on various databases and freedom of information reports;
  • arranging the re-publication of the programme’s investigations in regional and international media outlets;
  • reviewing pitches and applications that are part of the programme, such as for BIRN’s flagship Summer School of Investigative Reporting;
  • contributing to/writing actual investigative reports, alone or in conjunction with other editors/investigative journalists;
  • regular (weekly, monthly and ad hoc) meetings with: journalists, other editors and BIRN project/programme teams;
  • conducting, developing and guiding journalistic research;
  • communicating with lawyers and arranging legal checks of investigations when necessary.
  • writing project reports and coordinating other project outputs when needed.

Other duties and responsibilities

  • Maintaining appropriate contacts with BIRN country offices and/or personnel, necessary to ensure the proper execution of the abovementioned duties.
  • Carrying out any other duties that may reasonably or exceptionally be required to ensure the smooth operation of BIRN’s work, such as substituting for absent colleagues, etc.
  • Preparing contracts for journalists/hired agencies such as development agencies and submitting payment requests to BIRN’s financial department.
  • Keeping track of programme-related activities that are needed for internal/external verification (such as email correspondence, evaluation forms, photos/screenshots, agendas etc).

Why you should join our team

We said a lot about what we are looking for, but here is what we offer our future colleague:

  • A proactive and dynamic working environment;
  • Opportunities for professional growth;
  • To be part of the award-winning team of journalists and editors
  • Travel and participation in BIRN-organised workshops and trainings;
  • Empowering experience of working as a part of a large regional organisation with more than 200 employees around the region;
  • An opportunity to collaborate with the most prominent investigative outlets in Europe;
  • Support for developing and implementing your own ideas.

Who can apply?

BIRN welcomes applications from anywhere in the world. BIRN encourages applicants no matter their gender and offers an equal chance to all interested persons without any prejudice based on any grounds.

How to apply?

To apply for this position, please use the online form from this link.

The call for applications will be active until November 14, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be called for an interview. All candidates will receive information on the status of their application.

About BIRN

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is a network of non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN Hub is a non-governmental organisation, a part of the Regional BIRN Network, working in the field of media development, promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values in Southern and Eastern Europe. BIRN has local organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Romania and Serbia, while the Network is editorially also present in Greece, Bulgaria, Croatia, Moldova, Montenegro, Ukraine, the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Slovenia. BIRN strives to empower people to access their rights, by providing accurate and relevant information and by creating opportunities for them to participate in democratic processes.

Investigative Reporting Initiative is one of our core programmes dedicated to exposing wrongdoings of powerful individuals and private and public organisations linked to people in power through investigative work. A large part of our work is devoted to training new generations of journalists – especially those interested in investigative journalism – in the Balkans and beyond. We are also focused on freedom of information and transparency in the Balkans, which is why we track these important spheres in our annual reports and work with relevant regional and international stakeholders. Besides, we at BIRN are also working hard to advance the position, power and knowledge of journalists through various online platforms where they can easily communicate, access databases free of charge, find much-needed information, as well as to break the gap between their work and ever-changing technological aspects of today’s world. In that regard, BIRN hosts BIRD Community platform, part of which is BIRD Source, a comprehensive database consisting of more than 3 million documents BIRN decided to share with the general public.

 

 

BIRN Publishes Oral History Videos of War Survivors’ Stories

Students’ videos documenting the experiences of the generation that lived through the 1990s wars are being published online as part of a BIRN programme intended to nurture oral history storytelling that illuminates transitional justice issues.

Twenty oral history videos in which war survivors tell their personal stories, produced by students as part of a BIRN mentoring scheme entitled Youth Memory Transfer, have been posted on YouTube for public viewing.

In the videos, the interviewees talk about their personal experiences of war and the trauma they experienced during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

Some tell stories about the loss of family members, others speak about growing up as a child in the war or everyday life during the conflict, while others speak about the trauma of sexual violence and rape, or how they were involved in activism after the war.

The videos are the result of the training and mentoring programme that included an interactive workshop at which young participants from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia examined truth-seeking, fact-checking and transitional justice reporting as an exercise in storytelling.

“Our focus was always to ensure impartial reporting about the past through professional journalism. With this programme, we want young people to hear first-hand experiences about the wartime past and learn different ways of storytelling with the aim of creating compelling content,” said Nejra Mulaomerovic, programme associate at BIRN.

As a part of the workshop, the students conducted independent research related to each survivor’s history in their local communities in order to gain deeper background knowledge of their subject’s personal stories.

The programme gave the students a better understanding of the history of the break-up of Yugoslavia by documenting the stories of people who lived through it face-to-face. It also provides the public with insights into the experiences of the generation that lived through the 1990s wars through the videos published online.

“Storytelling is crucial to the process of transitional justice because it has the power to reveal atrocities and hidden personal memories that can be used to encourage the further sharing of similar experiences and expand knowledge of these narratives. For victims of war crimes and atrocities, storytelling has a healing aspect, as it gives them a voice and provides recognition of their experiences and traumas,” said Mulaomerovic.

The programme was based on using oral history techniques to preserve diverse historical perspectives that foster greater understanding about what happened during the 1990s wars, with a view to helping achieve lasting peace and reconciliation.

A digital archive of the videos is available on BIRN’s YouTube channel, as well as at www.massgravesmap.balkaninsight.com

 The videos were produced with the support of the Regional Youth Cooperation Office (RYCO) and the European Union. Their content is the sole responsibility of BIRN and its partners and does not necessarily reflect the views of RYCO and/or the EU.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Platform B: #metoo in Journalism: When Will Balkan Journalists Speak Up?

Together with our partners, BIRN is continuing its series of online and offline events aimed at amplifying the voices of strong, credible individuals and organisations in the region that promote the core values of democracy, such as civic engagement, independent institutions, transparency and rule of law.

As a primarily media-related organisation, we want to open up space and provide a platform to discuss and reshape our alliances in light of the challenges facing democracies in Southeast and Central Europe.

This initiative comes at a critical time in the region, which is experiencing several troubling trends: centralization of power, reduced transparency, assaults on the media, politicized judiciaries, unchecked corruption, online violations and social polarization – all amid heightened geopolitical tensions and deep divisions in Europe.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Platform B event series will be held in line with all relevant health measures. As the situation improves, we hope to be able to host some events in BIRN spaces in Sarajevo, Belgrade and elsewhere in the region.

Platform B will be an opportunity for individuals and groups to meet monthly on selected topics.

Next event: #metoo in Journalism: When Will Balkan Journalists Speak Up? 

Date: October 28, 2021 (Thursday)

Time: 10am-12pm, CET

In the Balkans, the #MeToo movement gathered momentum at the beginning of 2021, after several women actors, led by Milena Radulovic, publicly accused their former professor of rape, sexual harassment, and abuse. Media across the region followed the case, and thousands of women expressed solidarity with the victims, using the slogan #NisiSama [You’re not alone] while women actors from Sarajevo created an online platform #NisamTrazila [ I didn’t ask for it]. The platform serves as a regional open space for victims of abuse to come forward with their stories and experiences.

The aim of the debate #metoo in Journalism: When Will Balkan Journalists Speak Up? is to discuss #metoo in journalism regionally, as this sector is no stranger to the issue, bearing in mind the public exposure of female journalists and the sexist culture across the Western Balkans. We want to hear from female journalists who have had negative experiences related to sexual abuse and harassment and who will speak publicly about the changes that need to happen in order to create a safer work environment for female journalists.

Attempts have been made in the past to gather women journalists and create a basis for stronger advocacy activities, but how effective have they been? Which policies in place in the media across the region relate to sexual harassment, and how effective are they? These are some of the questions we hope to discuss, in order to put the issue on the agenda of media professionals and citizens across the region.

Panelists that will take part in the discussion include:

Zhaklin Lekatari, journalist, sex blogger and a human rights activist, Albania

Dafina Halili, K2.0 contributing editor, Kosovo

Jelena Jovanovic, journalist at Vijesti, Montenegro

Natalija Miletic, journalist and fixer, Serbia/Germany

The debate will be moderated by Sofija Todorovic, BIRN Hub’s project manager.

This event is organised as a part of the regional “Media for All” project.

More information and registration.

Upcoming events:

Digital Violence and Female Journalists

More information will follow soon.