News and Events

BIRN launches call for applications for a three-day training course on legally safe and crisis reporting

BIRN Kosovo has opened a new call for applications for its first three-day training course on legally safe reporting and crisis reporting, as part of the EU-funded project “Strengthening Quality News and Independent Journalism in the Western Balkans and Turkey II”.

Kosovo Civil Society, Media, Form Coalition Against Disinformation

BIRN Kosovo director hails formation of new coalition as a kind of vaccine against “the virus of disinformation” eroding Kosovo society.

BIRN Publishes Oral History Videos of War Survivors’ Stories

BIRN has published 20 videos of interviews with war survivors from Bosnia, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia, filmed by young journalists, students and activists as part of a transitional justice storytelling project.

Calls Opens for EU Investigative Journalism Award 2023

Journalists from the Western Balkans and Türkiye are invited to enter their investigative stories for a series of prestigious national and regional prizes.

Federation CEST and BIRN BiH Sign Memorandum to Boost Education on Genocide Denial

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Judicial and Prosecutorial Training Center of Bosnia’s Federation entity signed a Memorandum of Cooperation on developing an educational programme on genocide denial and hate narratives.

BIRN Albania Opens Call for Investigations on Public Administration and its Finances

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a call for investigative stories on May 4, offering grants for four journalists to produce articles on topics related to public administration and finances.

Calling Balkan and Visegrad Newsrooms: Apply Now for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants

BIRN is calling on Balkan and Visegrad newsrooms to apply for Audience-Engaged Journalism Grants to receive funding, training, mentoring and access to an innovative digital tool to engage with audiences.

Digital Rights Training for Kosovo Journalists: Applications Open

BIRN invites Kosovo journalists to apply for a three-day training program designed to address rising concerns over digital rights and freedoms violations in the Balkans. The event, to be held in Brezovica, Kosovo, from May 26 to May 28, 2023, will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of digital rights, focusing on reporting breaches, content blocking, manipulations, and propaganda in the digital realm.

BIRN Invites Journalists to join IPI World Congress and Media Innovation Festival in Vienna

Explore ‘New frontiers: Press freedom and media innovation in the age of AI’ at a two-day event in Vienna

BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Public Administration and Its Finances

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania on April 26 in Tirana held a roundtable between journalists and civil society organisations to discuss topics to investigate in the field of public administration and finances.

BIRN BiH Gives Database of Facts about War to Sarajevo Canton’s Memorial Fund

Balkan Investigative Reporting Network of Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN BiH, has donated the content of its database of judicially established facts about the Bosnian war to Sarajevo Canton’s Memorial Fund, as per a previously signed partnership memorandum, for educational and scientific-investigative purposes, as well as for the establishment of a museum of suffering.

SEE Digital Rights Network Members Meet in North Macedonia

Attending organisations agreed to regularly share information among network members and proposed scheduling routine online meetings to keep up to date with each other’s activities.

Freedom of Information in Balkans Still ‘On Paper Only’, Panel Hears

Planned legal changes to FOI laws seem to be designed to make it even harder for journalists to hold the authorities accountable, a BIRN panel discussion in Skopje heard.

Cyber-Threat Report Presented to Bosnia MPs, UK Minister

Bosnia recorded almost 10 million cyber-attacks in just one month, parliamentarians heard at a presentation of the first report on cyber threats attended by UK Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe and UK ambassador Julian Reilly.

Meet the People Behind BIRN: Xhorxhina Bami

Each month, BIRN introduces you to a different member of its team. For March meet Xhorxhina Bami, Balkan Insight’s Kosovo correspondent.