During the coronavirus pandemic in Central and Southeastern Europe, more than half of the digital rights violations were related to propaganda, disinformation, falsehoods and the publication of unverified information, four months of monitoring reveals.
Applications are being invited for the Serbian part of the EU Investigative Journalism Awards in the Western Balkans and Turkey, which is being administered by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN Hub) and local partners.
BIRN Kosovo organised an online training session on May 4 for students of the Faculty of Islamic Studies in Pristina.
BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina handed over a documentary film and an archive of articles about the shelling of Tuzla in May 1995 and the trial of the commander who ordered the attack to the new Kapija Memorial Centre in Tuzla.
We are pleased to announce the names of the journalists chosen for this year’s Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence. Over the coming months, they will work on investigations, in-depth analysis and features on the theme of the Rule of Law.
BIRN Kosovo held its first training course with young journalists on May 7 designed to help them analyse and cover reports from the National Audit Office.
To help support the development of solutions journalism, Transitions and BIRN Kosovo have opened a call for applications for micro-grants and mentorship.
To mark World Press Freedom Day on 3 May, BIRN joined more than 125 journalism support, media development, and press freedom organisations and networks making an emergency appeal for action, support, and assistance to journalism organisations and independent media during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Black Sea Trust For Regional Cooperation, BST, a project of the US German Marshall Fund, has awarded BIRN Romania a journalism grant for monitoring, analysing and deconstructing cases of disinformation from Romania and Moldova related to the coronavirus crisis.
To mark World Press Freedom Day on Sunday, campaign group Reporters Without Borders Austria awarded the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network with its annual Press Freedom Award – A Signal for Europe.
BIRN Albania is opening a call for story proposals that shed light on how the authorities and society are responding to the COVID-19 epidemic and the aftermath of the deadly November 26th earthquake in Albania.
BIRN Macedonia’s story ‘Alive and Well: The Lucrative Business Club around REK Bitola’ by journalist Vlado Apostolov has been awarded best investigative story of the year 2019 by the Macedonian Media Institute, MIM.
More than 70 organisations, including BIRN, have signed a letter urging tech companies to preserve all data on content removed in the pandemic, as it’s important for future research.
Journalists in Europe face intimidation, social networks are flooded with disinformation, media lack financial support – we want to hear from media workers about the challenges you are facing while reporting about the pandemic.