Jelena Kulidžan

Jelena Kulidžan works for Vijesti, a private TV broadcaster in Montenegro. Her main tasks including daily reporting but she also works as the co-editor and presenter of Prime Time News. 


She got her first TV journalism work experience with the television channel IN, while studying for the third year of her journalism degree at the University of Montenegro’s political science faculty. 

Up until early 2011, Kulidžan completed a six-month internship at Germany’s Deutsche Welle in Bonn.

Kulidžan was awarded second prize in the 2011 fellowship programme for her investigation into rape sentencing.

She discovered convicted rapists in Montenegro usually serve two years and eight months in jail, while the average sentence is eight years in other European countries.

Kulidžan visited Serbia, Brussels and the UK to compare sentencing policy and find out why custodial sentences for rapists vary so widely across Europe.

Fellowship Portfolio

Rough Justice for Balkan Rape Victims

Convicted rapists in Montenegro and Serbia routinely receive minimal jail terms of around three years, while their victims face years of trauma and distress. Yet in other European countries like the UK, the average sentence is eight years.

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.


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?