BIRN Albania Holds Roundtable on Justice

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Albania organised a roundtable on January 20th in Tirana, bringing together journalists and civil society organisations working in the field of justice and the rule of law.

It was the third in a series of seven roundtables, part of a programme called ‘Exposing Corruption in Albania’, which is financed by the Open Society Foundation in Albania (OSFA),  the Balkan Trust for Democracy (BTD) and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).

The project aims to expose corruption cases in seven different sectors: the environment, the judiciary, education, public administration, local government, organised crime and health, by bridging the gap between journalists and CSOs, and by providing a solid basis for collaboration in exposing abuses of power.

About 12 representatives of non-governmental organisations and six journalists discussed different topics of concern regarding education in Albania, with a special focus on corruption and impunity in the judicial system.

The representatives of the NGOs listed a number of topics, ranging from bribery, nepotism and abuse of office in the judicial system, the promotion of judges, the functioning of the High Council of Justice and others.

The topics highlighted by the NGOs will be listed in BIRN Albania’s call for investigative stories in the field of justice.