Ahmed Burić

Ahmed Burić, a journalist from Sarajevo, is a commentator for www.sarajevo-x.com, one of the most popular websites in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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During his lengthy journalism career, he has published numerous articles on diverse topics, including investigative reporting on elections and peace processes and comment pieces on civil society and democracy issues.

In 2008, he won the Hercegovacko sunce journalism award for his “selfless contribution to and maintaining of professional values”. The award recognised his reports from areas that were among the most isolated and devastated, including eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, during the 1992-1995 war. 

A skilled interviewer, Burić conducted some of the most popular interviews with high-profile political and cultural figures of the former Yugoslavia.

He also works as a trainer in Sarajevo Media Center’s Thomson Reuters School of Investigative Journalism, preparing and supervising student stories about social and political topics.   

Burić’s fellowship topic for 2011 focused on rising crime among young people aged 15 to 22 in Bosnia and across the region; a trend many blame on diminishing social values, a fall in employment opportunities and poor outcomes at courts.

In his final article, he demonstrated there had been a sharp increase in juvenile offending in Sarajevo Canton and examined why the Bosnian justice system has failed to put in place rehabilitation programmes for young offenders.

He compared the treatment of young offenders in Bosnia and Herzegovina to the juvenile justice system in Hungary, which focuses on rehabilitating youngsters before they graduate into hardened criminals.

Fellowship Portfolio

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Federation Fails to Curb Rising Bosnian Youth Crime

Bosnia is grappling with rising and persistent youth crime but, unlike European countries such as Hungary, the federation is yet to develop a range of rehabilitation programmes that could stop young offenders graduating into hardened criminals.   

The Alumni Network

What is the Alumni Network?

The Alumni Network is an ever-expanding group of journalists who have all participated in the Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence.

Projects

Turkey and the Balkans

The re-emergence of Turkey as a growing economic, political and religious power in the Balkans is the subject of the latest Balkan Fellowship for Journalistic Excellence Alumni Initiative project.

Roma Decade

Twelve countries, including several Balkan states, have signed up to the European Roma Decade 2005-2015 initiative. Halfway through the decade, has any real progress been made?