What is precious to us? That question is at the heart of the concept of 'Values', the theme for this collection of reportage.
Ten journalists from across the Balkans have produced a broad range of in-depth stories, inspired by the two main meanings of the word — the moral and the financial. Their articles also illustrate that moral and financial values are often intimately intertwined.
From the backstreets of Brussels to the beaches of Lesvos, from London's Highgate Cemetery to the Turkish border with Syria, the fellows have travelled widely and worked extremely hard to explore a great variety of values in all their complexity.
But one value makes all these stories possible — freedom of the press, or, as it is now sometimes known, media freedom. In practical terms, that means the freedom to ask hard questions, to scrutinise the powerful and to publish without censorship or intimidation.
Edited by Andrew Gray
Editorial team: Besar Likmeta, Jeta Xharra, Gordana Igric, Sofia Papadopulo, Juliana Koleva and Marian Chiriac
Published in 2015 by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Regional Network
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BALKAN FELLOWSHIPFOR JOURNALISTIC EXCELLENCE
The theme for this year’s fellowship is Values. Let the topic inspire a new idea for a story. Or think of a story you’ve wanted to do and see if you can link it to the topic.