Balkan Insight

Balkan Insight is a website of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), that focuses on news, analysis, commentary and investigative reporting from southeast Europe. It is run by journalists in southeast Europe. BIRN was founded in 2004 as a network of non-governmental organisations to promote a strong, independent, and free media in Southern and Eastern Europe.[1][2] Balkan Insight is the successor of BIRN's "Balkan Crisis Report" newsletter.[3] BI reports from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Moldova, Romania and Serbia.[2]

Balkan Insight
Official website


Neue Zürcher Zeitung reported that Balkan Insight is a "highly regarded Internet portal"[4] and BIRN is "valued for its independence and seriousness".[5] In 2015, the journal Academicus International Scientific Journal reported that Balkan Insight was "the leading news site covering the Western Balkans Region", and often published opinions from international leaders.[1] According to Robin Wilson, Balkan Insight is a valuable source of objective analysis of ex-Yugoslav countries, in contrast to Yugoslav media that split up along nationalist lines. Wilson stated that BI attracts quality contributors and maintains separation between reporting and opinion.[3]

BIRN journalists and reports that have received awards include Krenar Gashi and the BIRN investigative team, who won the Best Print/Online Story of 2006 for "Ex-Policemen Run Kosovo Passport Scam" handed out by the Association of Professional Journalists of Kosovo. Arbana Xharra was the winner of the 2006 journalism competition organized by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Kosovo Anti-Corruption Agency; for her reporting on corruption in both Balkan Insight and the Kosovo daily newspaper Koha Ditore.[clarification needed][citation needed] In 2020, BIRN received the Press Freedom Award from the Austrian chapter of Reporters Without Borders.[6][7]


Donors to the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network include the European Commission (EC), the Delegation of the European Union to Montenegro, the Austrian Development Agency and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.[8]


  1. ^ a b Popovska, Biljana; Ristoska, Zhanet (2015). "Process of Reconciliation in a Postconflict Macedonia". Academicus International Scientific Journal. VI (11): 63–76. ISSN 2079-3715.
  2. ^ a b "About BIRN. About Balkan Insight". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  3. ^ a b Wilson, Robin (2018-07-30). The Northern Ireland experience of conflict and agreement: A model for export?. Manchester University Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-5261-3101-0.
  4. ^ Simon Gemperli (2008-04-15). "Protektorats-Mitarbeiter, OSZE-Chef, Berater des Premierministers". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  5. ^ Simon Gemperli (2008-05-09). "Medienförderung als Teil der Aussenpolitik". Neue Zürcher Zeitung. Retrieved 2016-04-23.
  6. ^ "Press Freedom Award geht an investigatives Netzwerk BIRN und Gründerin Gordana Igric | Reporter ohne Grenzen" (in German). Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  7. ^ "BIRN Wins Austria's Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom Award". Balkan Insight. 1 October 2020. Retrieved 1 October 2020.
  8. ^ "Partner Network: Donors :: Balkan Insight". Balkan Insight. Retrieved 2016-04-23.

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