Nela Lazarevic

Nela Lazarevic, from Herceg-Novi, Montenegro, is currently working as a freelance journalist. Her previous experience includes cooperation with various national media outlets from Montenegro, from the region and abroad


She also works as a photojournalist and has a personal blog.

Nela investigated homophobia in Balkans, with a focus on Montenegro, the only country with no gay bars, clubs or parades; no gay rights associations and no sexual orientation antidiscrimination laws. Her story took her to Montenegro, Croatia and Slovenia.

Nela's research was supervised by Nedjeljko Rudovic, an editor from Montenegro and a BIRN associate.

Fellowship Portfolio

Montenegro’s Gay Community Stays Hidden to Survive

The invisibility of homosexuals and lesbians in public and social spheres is further slowing efforts to overcome homophobia in this conservative society.

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?