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Call for Proposals Aimed to Strengthen Independent Journalism in Kosovo

“Contribute to strengthening independent, investigative and publicly beneficial journalism and freedom of expression in Kosovo”Deadline for applying 28 December 2018 at 4 PM.BIRN and AJK have teamed up once again to implement the EU-funded project entitled “Contribute to strengthening independent, investigative and publicly beneficial journalism and freedom of expression in Kosovo”. One of the project’s components is this Call for Proposals aiming to provide opportunities for local NGOs/CSOs, including journalists, who operate and work in Kosovo, tackling issues related to media and freedom of expression in their respective communities. The scheme seeks to develop independent, investigative, impartial, unbiased, publicly beneficial journalism and equip the beneficiaries with the required skills and resources to implement creative, investigative, legally sound and publicly beneficial journalism.This Call for Proposals contains two lots:LOT I: Supporting the production of new co..

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BIRN Editor Talks About Transitional Justice at Leipzig Conference

Dzidic spoke about the role of media in peace-building and how reporting on transitional justice topics can assist reconciliation in a post-conflict society.The ‘Correcting Images’ conference is financed by the German Ministry for Economic Development and Cooperation and the German Academic Exchange Service. It was organised by Engagement Global in cooperation with the universities of Munich, Leipzig and Bamberg, the German School of Journalism and the Deutsche Welle Academy.Its aim is to promote accurate images of developing countries in Germany and to motivate the general public to contribute to global reconstruction for social justice. The conference provides a forum for dialogue on global issues between participants, especially young students of journalism and journalists from the North and South.The post BIRN Editor Talks About Transitional Justice at Leipzig Conference appeared first on BIRN.

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BIRN Bosnia Celebrates 100th Edition of ‘TV Justice’

The 100th edition covered judicial institutions’ reluctance to share information and the fact that they use internal regulations to limit media access to court processes.Problems facing journalists in their everyday work include inaccessible indictments, anonymised verdicts, low-quality recordings from trials lasting ten minutes only, and the refusal by judicial officials to give interviews or make public appearances.All this is happening despite the fact that the Bosnian laws stipulate that trials should be public and the international standards call for transparency, which means quick responses to inquiries, as well as the availability of indictments and verdicts.Transparency was reduced in 2012 when the Agency for Protection of Personal Data submitted letters to the state court and prosecution of Bosnia and Herzegovina, telling them they do not have to automatically publish all data.The state prosecution then removed all indictments from its web page, while the Bosnian state..

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BIRN Holds Debate on Audit Reports in Gjilan/Gnjilane

The results of BIRN Kosovo’s monitoring of the implementation of audit recommendations for the Gjilan/Gnjilane municipality were presented in an open debate on November 26, with more than 30 representatives from the municipality, civil society and Auditor General in attendance.BIRN Kosovo Editor Visar Prebreza gave a brief presentation of the project and its findings, which showed that of the 45 recommendations provided to the municipality, only ten have been implemented.The Mayor of the Municipality of Gjilan/Gnjilane, Lutfi Haziri, addressed the main points of the analysis and declared that for the upcoming years, work will be done to strengthen the capacities of auditing, procurement, and finance management in his municipality.A representative of the National Audit Office, Ilir Salihu, was also present to answer questions from the panel and the audience.Salihu, said that such meetings contribute to inter-institutional communication, transparency, and clarifications that migh..

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BIRN Holds Debate on Audit Reports in Prizren

The outcomes of the analysis and monitoring were presented in an open debate with more than 20 participants from the municipality, the auditors and civil society, as well as local media including RTK and TV Prizreni.Kreshnik Gashi, editor and moderator of BIRN Kosovo’s TV programme ‘Justice in Kosovo’, gave a brief presentation on the project and the findings of the analysis on the audit of the municipality.The mayor of Prizren, Mytaher Haskuka, then discussed the situation with the implementation of recommendations from the National Audit Office.Haskuka emphasised that the crucial issue for the municipality remains the managing of contracts with economic operators – suppliers of goods, works or services. Haskuka said the reason for this is the large number of contracts compared to the small number of directorate officials who have to deal with the contracts.A representative of the National Audit Office, Ilir Salihu, was also present to answer questions from the panel and the a..

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BIRN Albania Holds Court and Crime Reporting Training

The training course was made possible with support from the USAID-funded Justice for all Project, which is implemented by the East-West Management Institute with local partners like BIRN Albania. Fifteen journalists representing all the regions of Albania attended the training course, at which advanced court and crime reporting techniques were discussed.The workshop was greeted by EWMI Media Advisor Elira Canga, who underlined the importance of court reporting to advance Albania’s justice reform.During the training course, the journalists were presented with the recently-published BIRN Albania report on the transparency of courts in Albania and told about techniques of how to use court websites and databases to identify leads.The training course aimed to strengthen the skills of mid-career journalists to report from the courts, the prosecutor’s office and other law-enforcement institutions, as well assisting them to better use multimedia tools in their stories.A special session..

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Propulsion Fund

Propulsion Fund carries out corporate social impact programs with leading companies.Web: http://www.propulsion.one/fund/The post Propulsion Fund appeared first on BIRN.

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BIRN Film Charts Rise of Serbia’s Ruling Party

Photo: Beta/Dragan Gojic; Vucic officially opens Calzedonia's new factory in Kula, 21 November 2018A new film by BIRN Serbia, “SNS – pocetak, 2008” [“SNS – the start, 2008”], delves into the origins and rise of the Serbian Progressive Party, SNS, which has ruled the country since 2012.During the making of the film, BIRN journalists talked with many individuals from Serbian public life, but also from the US, who had a role in the creation of the SNS.Among them are the leader of the hardline nationalist Serbian Radical Party, Vojislav Seselj, and his party colleague, Vjerica Radeta.Others include Serbia’s former president, Boris Tadic, a former vice president of the government, Bozidar Djelic, a former US ambassador to Serbia, Cameron Munter, and the Balkan analyst and former US diplomat, Daniel [email protected] predstavlja dokumentarni film “SNS: Početak -2008.“ koji se bavi načinom na koji je pre deset godina formirana stranka koja je na vlasti u Srbiji preko šest godin..

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BIRN Editor Addresses Nuremberg Trial Reporting Seminar

Focusing on the key role of journalists on informing the public about criminal trials, the seminar was structured into three modules – Basics of International Criminal Law; Journalism and International Criminal Tribunals, and Reporting on International Criminal Tribunals.Kreshnik Gashi made a presentation about the work of BIRN Kosovo’s site KALLXO.com on reporting war crimes, covering the legal responsibilities of journalists writing such sensitive reports, accurate and objective reporting, and the verification of facts before reporting on cases.Opening remarks at the seminar were made by the director of the International Nuremberg Principles Academy, Klaus Rackwitz, and Dr. Fidelman Donlon from the registrar’s office at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.The post BIRN Editor Addresses Nuremberg Trial Reporting Seminar appeared first on BIRN.

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Accurate and Ethical Reporting in Online and Televised Journalism

SummaryThrough this project, BIRN Kosovo aims to empower young journalists and lawyers in Kosovo, through capacity-building training courses on accuracy and ethical reporting, access to public documents, and the consequences of inaccurate reporting, among other subjects.Information Sheet Donor:Funded by Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, led by Kosovo Cicil Society Foundation (KCSF)Main Objective:Increasing the capacity and professionalism of students of law and journalism in journalistic reporting, access to data, and the legal consequences of incorrect reporting.Specific Objectives:Increasing capacities of young students of law and journalism in fair journalistic reporting, compiling requests for access to public documents, and the legal consequences of inaccurate reporting; Raising awareness and public debate about fair journalistic reporting and the safety of journalists.Main Activities:Organising seven training sessions with young journalism and law students on journal..

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