BIRN Kosovo Holds Workshop on Energy, Environmental Reporting

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN, held a workshop with local journalists in Kosovo on reporting on energy efficiency and environmental issues on December 7.

It was held together with TV Mreza, a network of TV stations broadcasting in Serbian across all Serbian-majority areas of Kosovo, in an activity supported by the EU Office in Kosovo.

Those conducting the workshop included Jeta Xharra, BIRN Kosovo’s executive director, Visar Prebreza, managing editor of BIRN Kosovo and Petar Vidov, editor-in-chief of the Croatian media platform, Faktograf.

Eighteen local journalists attended, from Kossev, Kent FM, RTV Kim, RTV Puls, Medija Centar, Radio Gorazdevac, Insajderi, Indeksonline and from the civil society organisation Green Energy Kosova.

In the workshop, Xharra discussed the long journey of the Kosovo Civil Society Consortium for Sustainable Development, KOSID, in addressing pressing environmental issues, including campaigning against the financing of coal-power plants, especially the newly planned coal-power plant Kosova e Re, planned to be built in Obiliq, 10 kilometers from the capital, Prishtina.

Prebreza presented a lecture on the crimes committed to the local environment and on environmental reporting. He also outlined the investigations of BIRN’s TV show Justice in Kosovo, concerning the exploitation of gravel from rivers in Kosovo.

Vidov shared his experiences working on the investigative story “Captured by Gas,” an in-depth analysis of the quality of governance and state capture in the energy sector in Croatia.