Aida Tinjak

Aida assists in coordination and implementation of project/programme activities. She joined BIRN Hub in 2021 and she is based in the Sarajevo office.

Before joining BIRN Hub, Aida was a long-term associate of the Sarajevo Open Center, as an author of articles and infographics dealing with the problems and needs that LGBTI people and other marginalized social groups in Bosnia face every day. She also worked as an author of articles for Balkansmedia.org, which supports media independence and freedom of expression in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, North Macedonia, and Serbia. Covering new tools and various techniques that journalists can use in their everyday work, the aim of the articles was to raise the quality of media content and build the competencies of journalists.

Aida gained diverse and long working experience in several non-governmental organizations, working on projects related to cultural and creative industries, strengthening local self-government, and projects related to culture and art. For two-and-a half years she worked in Gallery 11/07/95 as a curator, where she had an opportunity to professionally explore and enhance the possibilities of museums’ educational function, which is one of her passions.

Aida graduated in Art history and Pedagogy from the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Sarajevo. She is currently studying New Media Design at the ITAcademy, International School for Education and Informatics.

Besides BHS languages, she is fluent in English.

Samir Kajosevic

Samir is based in Podgorica and covers stories from Montenegro as well as parts of regional investigative stories.

Previously, he worked as a journalist and editor at the Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti. In 2018, he became a correspondent for Balkan Insight.

He studied at the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Belgrade and completed the Danish School of Journalism at Montenegro Media Institute.

Samir speaks Serbian, English and Albanian.

Sejla Karic

Sejla joined BIRN Hub’s Sarajevo Office in April 2022. As a Digital Rights Researcher, she is focused on digital rights violations and the human rights implications of advanced technologies in Southeast and Central Europe.

Sejla is a human rights lawyer with a particular interest in freedom of expression and media freedom. She has experience working in legal practice, as well as working with non-governmental and international organizations. Before joining BIRN, she has worked with International Press Institute (IPI) and the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (RFoM), where she focused on research, advocacy and monitoring of media freedom violations, particularly in Southeast Europe and Turkey.

Currently, she is a research fellow with the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS) at Central European University. In 2021, in collaboration with CMDS, she established a research group and launched an Anti-SLAPP research project, “Silenced by Lawsuits”, which focuses on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPPs) aimed at silencing public watchdogs.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Law from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she graduated with Highest Honors as Student of the Generation. She holds a Master’s in Human Rights Law from Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, where she graduated with Distinction, receiving CEU’s Outstanding Academic Achievement Award as the student with the highest GPA in the LLM Human Rights program. In her Master’s thesis, she focused on impunity for killings of journalists in Europe through analysis of state responses in the Daphne Caruana Galizia and Jan Kuciak murder cases.

Apart from being native in Bosnian, Sejla is fluent in English, has a strong working knowledge of German and some knowledge of Spanish, French and Russian.

Tommaso Siviero

Based in Sarajevo, Tommaso joined BIRN in 2022. He is part of the Social Media team, taking care of BIRN’s social media channels in English.

Tommaso is a founder of FuoriFuoco, a network of under-25-year-old journalists covering Lake Como in Italy. He worked for five years as a journalist for “il Settimanale della Diocesi di Como”, a local weekly mostly covering environmental, educational and civil society-related topics.

Tommaso holds a Bachelor degree in political science from Università degli Studi di Milano. He speaks Italian, English, Norwegian and just a bit of Bosnian.

Gyula Csák

Gyula is an editor working on investigative international projects with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, based in Prague, the Czech Republic.

An experienced journalist with a strong international (RFE/RL, BBC, Euronews) background in broadcast and online media, he is a BBC-trained trainer and Hungarian editor of Visegrad Guideline, a bilingual (English-Hungarian) code of ethics for Hungarian broadcast journalists.

Gyula is a winner of the Pulitzer Memorial Prize with InfoRádió.

He speaks English, Spanish and Hungarian.

Fjori Sinoruka

Fjori joined Balkan Insight in February 2021 as a correspondent in Albania. She is based in Tirana and responsible for daily news as well as in-depth stories and analysis.

Previously, she worked for a local media outlet in Albania focusing on investigations and human rights. She was part of Resonant Voice Fellowship in 2020 by BIRN.

Fjori studied journalism at the University of Tirana.

Eleni Stamatoukou

Eleni joined BIRN Hub in 2021 as a Communications Manager. She is a data journalist based in Athens, Greece.

She has worked for Greek and foreign media and the NGO SolidarityNow. She has covered a big range of issues: migration, refugee crisis, corruption, LGBTI and human rights, politics, business, sports, environment, health and culture.

Eleni is a Fellow of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and Columbia Journalism School 2019.

Eleni has a BA in Balkan Studies from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and an MA in Social Anthropology (Europe) from Sussex University, United Kingdom.

She speaks Greek, English, Turkish and Serbian.

Emilija Petreska

Emilija joined BIRN Hub in 2022 as a Social media Coordinator based in Skopje, North Macedonia.

She is responsible for development, quality control and implementation of programme-related and overall BIRN visibility actions using social networks.

For more than seven years she worked as a journalist in Radio MOF, covering topics related to education, environment and social issues. She was also part of Deutsche Welle’s Balkan Booster program for young journalists, where she was filming and editing short videos.

Emilija has received numerous awards for her work: first prize of the European Union Award for Investigative Journalism “Jean Monnet”; award for the best journalistic story  by the Delegation of the European Union in North Macedonia; the Jashar Erebara Award for Investigative Journalism by the Association of Journalists of Macedonia; third prize for Best Journalism Story in the Field of Social Life awarded by the Media Ethics Council, as well as First prize for reporting on the refugee crisis, awarded by the Association of Young Lawyers, Association of Journalists of Macedonia and UNHCR.

Emilija graduated from the School of journalism and public relations in Skopje.

She speaks Macedonian, English and a bit of French.

Jovan Ilic

Based in Belgrade, Jovan is responsible for production of digital and social media content, developing new digital products and boosting the presence of BIRN Hub and its websites on a number of digital platforms.

Since 2018, he worked at Belgrade Pride as coordinator of Pride Info Center in Belgrade and as an organizer of Belgrade Pride until 2021. He also works as a LGBT+ party organizer and a DJ.

Jovan graduated from Middlesex University, England, in Audio Engineering.

He speaks Bosnian and English.

Karla Junicic

Karla joined BIRN in 2021 to coordinate work of local media outlets in the region who write investigative stories using the Engagement Citizens’ Reporting tool.

Before joining BIRN she wrote for VoxFeminae, and was part of the international affairs newsroom in Jutarnji list, Globus and Euractiv Croatia. Since 2020 she has been based in London as a correspondent.

After studying French and Russian literature at the University of Trieste, Karla decided to continue her Masters in Journalism at the Faculty of political sciences in Zagreb. Besides Croatian, she is fluent in Italian, English and French.