The €1,000-Euro prize has been presented to Gashi for the overall quality of his reporting, his innovative approach and his award-winning investigative journalism.
Gashi’s recent scoops included reporting on a confidential US State Department draft document that considered a lengthy freeze on Kosovo’s status.
He has also revealed the appalling state of Kosovo’s electoral registers, with deceased individuals, including the late President Ibrahim Rugova, still officially entitled to vote.
His detailed investigative reports have featured gunrunning and passport scams in Kosovo.
“Krenar has been an example to us all. His dogged determination to unearth facts others would like to keep hidden has set a high standard for our talented team of journalists,” BIRN’s Director, Gordana Igric said.
Gashi joined BIRN in 2006. He previously worked for a number of Kosovo media outlets, including commercial television stations TV 21 and KohaVision, and the public service broadcaster, RTK. http://www.birn.eu.com/en/1/205/633/
“I am thrilled to receive an award – and professional recognition – from colleagues who are such terrific journalists themselves”, Gashi told Balkan Insight.
BIRN, Balkan Insight’s publisher, will turn its prize into an annual award.