Investigative Journalism in the Balkans-a few thoughts

Dec 242008

2008 has been a good year for investigative journalism across Balkans’ borders. Investigative journalism centers and networks increased the level of cooperation as they’re finding new common themes to work on.2008 has been a good year for investigative journalism across Balkans’ borders. Investigative journalism centers and networks increased the level of cooperation as they’re finding new common themes to work on. Eastern European journalism is becoming increasingly visible through the quality of investigative journalism works which get to be published in the Western mainstream media. In fact, cooperation with Western based journalists has increased as common meeting venues as the Global Investigative Journalism conference which took place in Norway in September or the more recent Brussels European Investigative Journalists’ conference facilitated exchange of information and skills.

A brand new cross-border investigative project is due be released in a few days. The project looks at connections between soccer and organized crime. It also looks at some of the most powerful politicians and businesmen in Eastern Europe and their involvment in the soccer industry.The project has a global reach as it uncovers dubious football transfers in Brazil, Paraguay, Spain, Romania, Bulgaria and many other countries. The project will be posted on: www.reportingproject.net and will be published in newspapers across the Balkans.