Kosovo Albanian, Serb Journalists Trained in Fact-Checking, Media Literacy

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BIRN Kosovo held a training course on November 12 entitled ‘Fact-Based Journalism and Media Literacy’, organised in cooperation with Gracanica Online.

The training brought together 15 Albanian and Serb journalists representing media such as Radio Television of Mitrovica, Gracanica Online, Kossev, Veriu Info and Radio Gorazdevac, and students from the Isa Boletini University of Mitrovica’s Faculty of Law and from North Mitrovica.

Participants had the opportunity to learn about topics such as advanced international fact-checking standards, techniques for fact-checking current affairs, reporting discrimination and promoting media literacy through traditional and online media.

The training was delivered by BIRN editors Kreshnik Gashi and Visar Prebreza, who have extensive experience in carrying out investigations and reporting, as well as providing training for media and relevant stakeholders.

Professor Islam Qerimi, acting dean of the Isa Boletini University of Mitrovica’s Faculty of Law, was a guest speaker.

In his presentation, Qerimi said that such training sessions are an important tool for law students to gain practical experience in researching current affairs from a legal perspective.

The training was organised as part of the ‘Addressing Misinformation Through Fact-Based Journalism’ project, which is implemented by BIRN Kosovo and supported by UNMIK.

The aim of the project is to contribute to combating the spread of fake news and disinformation in Kosovo by raising the general public’s awareness of these phenomena, while promoting and supporting fact-checking journalism.