News and Events

Balkan Media Supported by BIRN Up Skills to Fight Fake News

Balkan media outlets with the support of BIRN mentors are taking proactive measures to combat fake news and disinformation while promoting accountability in journalism.

Serbia Spends More on Often Untransparent Public Competitions, BIRN Serbia Reports

The Serbian state distributed 6.8 billions dinars, almost 58 million euros, on public competitions last year, a big rise on the year before and much of it spent in an untransparent way, according to a new BIRN Serbia report.

Belgrade Court Acquits Koluvija Lawyer of Threatening Jelena Zorić

Court rules that lawyer’s words grossly violated the ethical code, but did not constitute a direct threat to the journalist’s life – an outcome Zoric said she had expected.

Bosnia Court Confirms Indictment of Nefail Cehic for Threats to Detektor Journalists

Cehic accused of sending death threats to BIRN journalists over report on whether returned ISIL fighters can be tried for war crimes.

BIRN Stories on Multiethnic Coexistence in Kosovo Awarded

Four BIRN articles won awards on Thursday in a ceremony held simultaneously in Pristina and Belgrade by the Peaceful Change Initiative in a competition showcasing stories about multiethnic coexistence in Kosovo and Serbia.

Fellowship 2023: Call for Applications Open

We are awarding 10 fellowships to journalists from Central and South-Eastern Europe who have an idea for a story that needs dedicated on-the-ground reporting, in-depth research, generous funding and sustained editorial attention to do it justice.

BIRN Celebrates Media4All’s Success at Project’s Final Conference in Tirana

BIRN celebrated the success of the project Media4All during the regional training conference “Independent Journalism Matters” held in Tirana from 9-10 March.

Tech Company Algorithms Changing Serbia’s Media for Worse, BIRN Report Finds

Visibility is replacing public interest as editors’ priority, while the media landscape is becoming ever more fragmented due to media drives to accommodate tech-companies’ algorithms, BIRN Serbia report finds.

BIRN Holds Training on Data Journalism, Digital Security, in Georgia

As part of the project exploring foreign influences in the Balkans, South Caucasus and Central Asia, Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network and its partners organized a workshop in Tbilisi, Georgia, to boost skills and foster networking among participants from the three regions.

BIRN Kicks Off Project Strengthening Quality Journalism in Western Balkans and Turkey II

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network BIRN hosted a kick-off meeting for representatives of media organisations and higher education institutions from six Western Balkan countries, Türkiye and Hungary on February 20-23 in Belgrade, Serbia.

BIRN Seeks Chief Investigations’ Editor

Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network, BIRN, is looking for a Chief Investigations’ Editor with a wealth of experience in investigative journalism, coordination of journalists and with a strong understanding of current affairs in Southeast and Central Europe.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Training for Media on Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism and Reintegration and Resocialization Reporting

On February 20, BIRN Kosovo held one training for central and local media to increase their capacities on R&R (Reintegration and Resocialization) and P/CVE (Preventing/Countering Violent Extremism) reporting.

BIRN Kosovo Hosts Debate on Impact of Fake News and Misinformation on Economy

Over 20 high school students of Hasan Prishtina Economy High School of Prishtina municipality participated in the debate organized by BIRN Kosova on the “Impact of fake news and misinformation on economy”, which took place at this school.

BIRN Holds National SEE Digital Rights Network Meeting in Serbia

BIRN organised the first National SEE Digital Rights Network meeting for network members from Serbia in Belgrade on February 20.

BIRN Kosovo Hosts Debate on Fake News and Misinformation in Health

Over 20 pupils of Haxhi Zeka Gymnasium in Istog took part in a debate organized by BIRN Kosovo on “Impact of fake news and misinformation on health”.