News and Events

Ukrainian Journalists Urge International Media to Combat Russian Propaganda during Launch of BIRN’s Eyewitness Ukraine Project

At the launch of BIRN’s new video project Ukrainian journalists call for international media to keep covering the country’s Russian invasion and combat the Russian propaganda, while they are on the ground verifying the information and simultaneously trying to save their families.

Eyewitness Ukraine Project Shows Journalists’ Experiences of War

BIRN’s new video project features interviews with Ukrainian journalists about how the Russian invasion has changed their work and personal lives, creating a record of media workers’ experiences during the war.

Calling all newsrooms: Four innovation support schemes open for applications

Four new funding and support programmes that will bring innovation to newsrooms accross Europe are open for applications for media outlets. Choose between the Transition Accelerator, Deep-Dive Business Consultancies and Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants, and Media Innovator’s Mentorship Programme. Find out which suits your newsroom needs.

BIRN Journalists Threatened by Turkish Far-Right ‘Wolves’

BIRN journalists Nermina Kuloglija and Hamdi Fırat Buyuk have received threatening messages from members of a Turkish far-right nationalist organisation.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Workshop on Reintegration and Resocialisation of Returnees from Conflict Zones

BIRN Kosovo held a regional workshop on July 22 on reinforcing the role of Centres for Social Welfare and relevant municipal directorates in strengthening the reintegration and resocialization of returnees from Middle Eastern conflict zones, to prevent violent extremism and terrorism in Kosovo.

BIRN Kosovo Holds Anti-Disinformation Summer School

From July 25-29, 2022, BIRN Kosovo held its first Anti-Disinformation Summer School in Prishtina, hosting 19 students and young journalists from different communities all over Kosovo.

BIRN’s ‘Bitter Land’ Mass Graves Project: Call for Contributions

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network is seeking to commission material about forced disappearances and mass graves in the former Yugoslavia as part of its online mass graves database project, Bitter Land, and for potential inclusion in a forthcoming book.

Media Freedom Coalition: Stop Pressure on Jelena Zoric

Former State Secretary in Serbia’s Ministry of Interior Dijana Hrkalovic, who is accused of abusing her official position, in a guest appearance in the show Ćirilica (Cyrillic) on Happy Television, aired on Tuesday, presented a series of incorrect pieces of information about BIRN and Vreme journalist Jelena Zoric, and also mentioned her brother.

BIRN BiH Receives Certificate of Appreciation from Sarajevo Canton’s Memorial Fund

Marking its 25th anniversary, the Memorial Fund presented BIRN BiH with a certificate of appreciation for its contribution toward raising awareness about the importance of the culture of memory.

BIRN Albania Publishes Manual on Organised Crime, Money Laundering

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania has published a new manual on investigating organized crime and money laundering.

BIRN Albania Publishes Criminal Assets Database

BIRN Albania on June 30 published its comprehensive database on Albanian court verdicts and requests made by prosecutor’s offices from 2010 to 2021 for the confiscation of criminal assets.

BIRN Albania Holds Training in Data Journalism

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania on July 4-5 held a two-day training in data journalism strengthening the capacities of local journalists to think critically.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Tommaso Siviero, Jovan Ilić, and Emilija Petreska

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For July, meet BIRN’s social media holy trinity, Tommaso Siviero, Jovan Ilić, and Emilija Petreska.

BIRN Introduces Project to Fight Disinformation in Central Europe Region

Mapping Digital Rights Violations and Fighting Disinformation in Central Europe is an ambitious initiative to fight disinformation and propaganda by creating a unique regional Digital Monitoring database

Applications Open for BIRN Summer School 2022 in Slovenia

Portoroz and its stunning coastline will be the setting for the BIRN’s Summer School for Investigative Reporting this August.