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BIRN Wins Austria’s Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Award

RSF Austria on Thursday awarded BIRN its prestigious Press Freedom Award – A Signal for Europe – which BIRN’s regional director, Marija Ristic, described as an honour and encouragement.

Thomson Media Advanced mobile journalism e-workshop in North Macedonia

Thomson Media announces call for participants for its advanced online workshops on mobile journalism.

Serbia Hugely Underestimated COVID-19 Death Toll, Official Admits

Confirming the substance of BIRN reports on this issue, a Government Crisis Staff member has admitted that the COVID-19 death toll in June was far higher than was officially reported, blaming a new information system.

Thomson Media Launches an Online Course on Mobile Journalism

As a part of a Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey project, Thomson Media has launched an online course on mobile journalism.

Turkish Recipient of BIRN EU Award for Investigative Journalism Acquitted

Zehra Özdilek, who won first place in the 2020 BIRN EU Investigative Journalism Awards competition, was acquitted by Istanbul 27th Criminal Court on September 24 of committing a crime by publishing information about the identity of a trial witness in a news report.

BIRN to Hold Debate on Online Media Regulation in the Western Balkans

As part of the regional ‘Media for All’ project, Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will hold a virtual midday debate on September 23 to discuss online media regulation and self-regulation in the Western Balkans.

Call for Applications for Traineeship Programme for Young Journalists

As part of Media for All Project, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, wants to connect students and young journalists who wish to gain practical knowledge in the field by working with media organisations in the Western Balkans, which will host this four-month traineeship programme.

New deadline for Calls for EU Investigative Journalism Award for Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo

Applications are now open for submission of investigative articles from Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo for the annual EU Investigative Journalism Award.

EU Investigative Journalism Awards Presented in Turkey

Ceremony in Ankara sees awards going to three women reporters and their groundbreaking stories on drug trafficking, the plight of Yezidi women and abortion issues.

Call for EU Investigative Journalism Award in Montenegro Reopened

Investigative stories published from January 1 to December 31, 2019, and related to freedom of expression, rule of law, transparency, abuse of power and fundamental rights, corruption and organised crime are welcome to apply.

Call for Applications for Training in Project Cycle Management

Media representatives, including journalists, editors, project coordinators, project assistants, as well as freelance journalists from six Western Balkan countries and without previous knowledge of project management, are welcomed to apply for this four-day practical training.

BIRN Annual Report: Rule of Law, Accountability and Transparency in Troubled Times

Readers recognise the importance of “uncompromising investigative journalism” in an era of disinformation and media control.

SEE Digital Rights Network Established

Facing a rise in digital rights violations, more than a dozen rights organisations have agreed to work together to protect individuals and societies in Southeast Europe.

Serbian Authorities Seek Bank Data of Rights Groups, Investigative Media

A department of Serbia’s finance ministry tasked with tackling money laundering and terrorism financing has asked banks to hand over data about the transactions of dozens of individuals and NGOs known for their work on human rights, transparency and exposing corruption.

BIRN Kosovo Participates in Environmental Journalism Awards

BIRN Kosovo was one of four organisations that implemented the ‘Europeanisation of Kosovo’s Environmental Agenda’ project, which has awarded journalists in Kosovo for the best stories about the environment, energy efficiency and climate change.

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