BIRN Albania Opens Call for Investigations on Justice System

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Albania launched a call for investigative stories on May 17, offering grants for three journalists to produce articles on topics related to justice sector.

The call is part of the project “Using Big Data and Multimedia to Boost Quality and Independent Journalism in Albania” supported by the European Union.

The goal of this project is to create an enabling environment for Albanian journalists to produce independent content through training, mentoring, technical and financial support, and close cooperation with civil society, so improving freedom of expression and strengthening media pluralism in Albania.

The call is based on topics suggested by civil society activists and journalists during a joint workshop held on May 10th via online platforms.  The workshop was attended by two dozen civil society activists and journalists, who debated about fundamental rights and the COVID-19 pandemic, justice reform, the fight against corruption and organized crime and electoral crimes during the campaign for Albania’s April 25 parliamentary elections.

The journalists will have around three months to dig deeper and research their ideas, and will also have the opportunity to work with experienced editors as mentors to guide them through the process of writing in accordance with BIRN standards.

The call only applies to journalists from Albania and closes on May 31.

Click here for more information (in Albanian) about the application procedure.

Click here to download the application form (in Albanian).