Azem Kurtic

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Bosnia Correspondent

Azem joined BIRN in 2022 as a correspondent from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Based in Sarajevo, he reports on daily developments for Balkan Insight and the Balkan Transitional Justice programme. He covers politics, rule of law and human rights, transitional justice, corruption and organised crime, producing in-depth analysis and features combining elements of data journalism and multimedia storytelling.

He started his career in the youth newsroom at Bosnia’s public broadcaster, BHRT, where he covered a range of topics for different radio shows over the course of three years. At the same time, he was a reporter with the Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina, working on a production of a radio show on media ethics, self-regulation and media freedoms.

For five years he was part of Deutsche Welle’s Balkan Booster project, where he gained experience in mobile journalism and video storytelling, while reporting from Western Balkan countries.

For more than three years, he worked in different production companies as producer of festivals and events, documentary films and series, as well as live TV and radio programmes.

He holds a degree in physiotherapy, but has been working in media since high school. He attended various informal education programmes, such as Press Council’s School of Media Ethics, BH Journalists’ Press Academy, Media Center’s Data Journalism Camp and reporting on minorities with Sarajevo Open Centre.

He is co-author of the book From Empire to Republic; Stories from Central Europe, 100 Years After the End of the Habsburg Monarchy and several other publications.

He speaks Bosnian, English, and some German, Spanish and Albanian.