BIRN Opens Office in Albania

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The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has appointed Kristina Voko as country director of its newly established office in Albania, which officially opens in April 2014.

“I am excited to be joining an organisation with a great reputation and excellent journalists, and look forward to expanding the network’s activities in Albania,” Voko said.

Voko has years of experience in organisational development and program cycle management in the IGO and NGO sectors.

Through the new office in Albania, BIRN plans to apply its signature media development and journalism training programmes in a country where freedom of expression and information, quality of journalism and a general lack of funding and support for the media remain important issues.

“BIRN’s presence in Albania answers a demand from local journalists who have been involved in its regional projects and appreciate the hands-on approach to training, publishing and media freedom,” said BIRN editor Besar Likmeta.