BIRN Reporters Awarded for Anti-Corruption Journalism

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BIRN journalists Parim Olluri, Kreshnik Gashi and Alban Selimi have been awarded in Kosovo for their anti-corruption journalism.

The United Nations Development Program, in collaboration with Kosovo’s Anti-Corruption Agency and the Association of Professional Journalists in Kosovo, awarded the prizes for the seventh year.

Parim Olluri, a journalist for BIRN’s Gazeta Jeta ne Kosovo, received the award for the best article on issues of corruption in online media.

He was recognized for a series of articles about Kosovo’s prime minister and several well-known businessmen who are close to him.

The jury said Olluri was honoured for the quality of his articles, the impact they had, and his persistence in following up on the stories.  

Kreshnik Gashi and Alban Selimi received the award for best anti-corruption TV investigation. The two BIRN journalists produced a story on bribery within the ranks of the police, which was part of BIRN’s “Justice in Kosovo” program.

The jury commended Gashi and Selimi for the content of their story as well as the manner in which they carried out their investigation

The award for print media went to journalists Vehbi Kajtazi and Besnik Krasniqi from Koha Ditore daily. Jeton Llapashtica of Zeri newspaper was also recognized.

Imer Mushkolaj, executive director of the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo, told the journalists that their work is crucial to Kosovo’s development.

“The media cannot win the war against corruption, yet without the media, the war against corruption is impossible,” he told those gathered.