About the Book

Access to justice and equality before the law are essential for the smooth functioning and well-being of any society. The quality of each and every citizen’s life is directly affected by how well the rule of law is observed in their homeland.


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This collection of stories amply demonstrates these issues are very far from resolved across the Balkans.

Justice: Rights and Wrongs in the Balkans, is the product of original research of ten journalists selected from South East Europe to participate in 2011 Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence, initiated by Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN. The programme responds with financial and professional support to the growing need in the region to foster quality reporting, encourage networking amongst journalists and advance balanced coverage on complex issues that are central to the region as well as European Union.


Edited by Anita Rice

Sarajevo, 2011.

Editorial Team: Gordana Igric, Yigal Cazan, Ana Petruseva, Albena Shkodrova, Besar Likmeta, Marian Chiriac, Jeta Xharra.

Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence

An initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and ERSTE Foundation, in cooperation with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network.

Published in 2011 by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network, Mehmeda Spahe 10, 71000 Sarajevo , Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Designed by Milomir Orlovic.

All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, or stored in any retrieval system of any nature, without the written permission of the copyright holder and the publisher, application for which shall be made to the publisher.

© Robert Bosch Stiftung, ERSTE Foundation and Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network 2011

This publication is not for commercial use.


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Vienna 2011: Fellowship Programme Guides Compiled by: Anita Rice

There are three key phases in the programme, check out the BFJE 2011 guides on how to organise and present your investigation.

Phase One: Research and Preparation (May)
Phase Two: Reporting (June and July)
Phase Three: Legal, Writing and Editing (August)
Presenting Your Investigation Online