News and Events

Open Calls for EU Investigative Journalism Award for 2021

Applications are now open for submission of investigative articles.

Call for Applications for Training in Podcasting

Reporters, editors and producers from six Western Balkans countries are invited to apply for a training in investigative podcasts led by prominent international trainers who produce podcasts for the Reveal and Bellingcat investigative journalism websites.

BIRN to Conclude Debates on Online Media Regulation

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network will host a group of journalists and editors from across the Balkan region in a live online debate on February 24 to discuss the issues of online media regulation while preserving freedom of speech and avoiding censorship.

Open Call for Digital Rights Programme for Journalists

Journalists from Central and Southeastern Europe are invited to apply for BIRN’s Digital Rights Programme for Journalists that aims to explore the effects of digitalisation processes and to go deeper into the challenges facing digital rights.

BIRN Launches Online Community to Connect Journalists

BIRD Community is BIRN’s new, secure online platform for our alumni and for journalists reporting on South-East and Central Europe, allowing them to share story ideas, data and information, collaborate and utilise a document archive and contacts database.

Call for Applications for Training in Fundraising

Media representatives from six Western Balkans countries with or without previous knowledge of fundraising are welcome to apply for the two-day online training.

Share Your Experience: Violations on Social Media

Have you ever reported any violations on Facebook or Twitter? Was your report processed, content deleted or suspended, or the harassment, violence or hate speech continued? Tell us your story.

Season’s Greetings

BIRN Kosovo Chairs Debate on Oversight of Spending in Viti/Vitina

On December 24, BIRN Kosovo held a town hall conference in Viti/Vitina on the role of the National Audit Office, NAO, and citizens in overseeing municipal revenues and expenses, the fifth organised within the framework of the Promoting the Auditor General/NAO’s role in Kosovo project.

Child Protection NGOs Award Journalists Supported by BIRN Kosovo

On December 29 Behar Mustafa, a journalist at, and Agon Sinanaj, who contributed an investigative story to BIRN’s English language newspaper Prishtina Insight, were recognised at the 2020 Awards for Journalism on Social and Child Protection. Both received prizes from KOMF, a Coalition of NGOs for Child Protection in Kosovo.

BIRN Publishes Recruitment Monitoring Report “Parties of Employment”

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) in Kosovo, published the “Recruitment Monitoring Report – Parties of Employment”, presenting information resulting from direct monitoring of recruitment processes within a one-year period, from December 2019 to December 2020.

BIRN Kosovo Gives Awards for Investigative Reporting on Corruption

BIRN Kosovo on December 18 gave three journalists awards for the best investigative reports about corruption in public spending over the past year, as part of a project entitled Promoting the Auditor General/NAO’s Role in Kosovo.

EU Investigative Journalism Awards Announced in Serbia

Adam Santovac, Jelena Veljkovic, Aleksandar Djordjevic, Nemanja Rujevic, Sanja Kljajic and Ajdin Kamber were announced on December 29 as the winners of this year’s EU Awards for Investigative Journalism, given for stories published in 2019 in Serbia.

BIRN and D + Publish Monitoring Report on Recruitment at TAK

BIRN Kosovo and Democracy Plus have published a monitoring report titled “Employment Evasion – Integrity, Discipline and Ethics at the Kosovo Tax Administration.” It was produced as part of the “Supporting Civil Society to Increase Public Oversight and Accountability of Kosovo Public Institutions” project, which is supported by the British Embassy Pristina.

BIRN Kosovo Trains Auditors in Communication and Social Media Use

BIRN Kosovo held its second training session on writing techniques and the use of social media with the staff of the National Audit Office, NAO, on December 21, as part of the Promoting the Auditor General/NAO’s role in Kosovo, a project aimed at increasing transparency and accountability on the management of public funds.