News and Events

UNICEF Gives BIRN BiH Journalists Special Recognition for Contribution to Children’s Rights

Two journalists of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN BiH, Emina Dizdarevic and Jasmin Begic, received special recognition for media contribution to the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2022.

BIRN, n-ost, Hold Workshop in Kolasin on Data Visualization and Environmental and Climate Reporting

BIRN Hub and partner organization n-ost held a workshop from November 21-24 in Kolasin, Montenegro, on data visualization and cross-border environmental and climate reporting for 18 journalists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.

BIRN Trains Journalists from 46 Outlets in Fact-Checking

Journalists from 46 media outlets in the Balkans were given online training in fact-checking skills intended to combat misinformation and boost independent reporting.

BIRN Conference Warns of Far-Right Groups’ Influence in Balkans

Far-right and extremist groups are a major threat in the Balkans as they have deep roots in society and exert a significant influence, a BIRN conference in Sarajevo concluded.

BIRN Launches Interactive Map of Far-Right and Extremist Groups

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has published an interactive map providing detailed information about scores of far-right and extremist organisations in six countries in the Balkans.

BIRN Seeks IT Enthusiasts, Coders to Help Investigative Reporters

In a bid to help journalists improve their tech skills to work on investigative stories, BIRN is forming a network of IT experts willing to provide assistance to reporters across the South East and Central Europe

Kosovo Albanian, Serb Journalists Trained in Fact-Checking, Media Literacy

BIRN Kosovo held a training course on November 12 entitled ‘Fact-Based Journalism and Media Literacy’, organised in cooperation with Gracanica Online.

EU Investigative Journalism Award Winners for 2022 announced during EU Western Balkans Media Conference in Tirana

Established in 2015, the EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey, continues to celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements of investigative journalists as well as the visibility of quality journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey.

EXTENSION: Open Call for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants

Media outlets from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Poland, Serbia and Slovakia that want to engage the public in their investigative reporting are invited to apply for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Sinisa-Jakov Marusic

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For October, meet Sinisa-Jakov Marusic Editor and North Macedonia Correspondent at BIRN’s flagship English-language website Balkan Insight.

Bellingcat and BIRN Albania Hold Training on Far Right and OSINT

Two dozen journalists from national media in Albania participated on October 19 and 20 in a two-day training course on investigating far-right extremism and open search research methods.

BIRN Holds Visual Storytelling Workshop for Youngsters Interested in Transitional Justice

Eleven youngsters from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Serbia met in Sarajevo to learn about using war crimes archives in visual storytelling.

BIRN Grantee Trains Kosovo Journalists to Research War Crime Archives

A BIRN grant recipient trained journalists in Kosovo how to explore the archives of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and domestic courts in ex-Yugoslav countries that deal with war crimes cases.

Freedom of Information in the Balkans: No Access and no Progress

Regional public institutions still need to improve their records on freedom of information and their transparency and accountability. Institutional silence remains a widespread problem, a BIRN panel discussion heard.

Freedom of Information in the Balkans: No access and no progress

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, will present its annual Freedom of Information Report in an online event on Wednesday, October 19.