Belgrade Insight is English-language newspaper that covers all aspects of life in the Serbian capital – from politics to business, culture to sport and lifestyle to current affairs.
The paper, in circulation since May 2008, is published fortnightly by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, BIRN.
A ‘must-read’ for all foreign residents of Belgrade, domestic decision-makers and anybody else who simply needs to know what’s happening in the Serbian capital, Belgrade Insight enjoys the respect of its readership and a level of credibility that is unparalleled in Belgrade’s print media sector.
In addition to detailed analysis and coverage of political, economic and business affairs, Belgrade Insight provides its readers with everything that expatriates, short-term visitors and local residents need to know in order to enjoy this great city.
From detailed arts and entertainment listings, comprehensive sports coverage, music, theatre and restaurant reviews, travel and lifestyle features, our mission is to both inform and entertain.
Belgrade Insight draws on BIRN’s pool of professional specialist journalists and editors from across the Balkans, ensuring high quality content refined by a team of native English language editors.
Belgrade Insight is read by locals and foreigners alike, though the publication’s main target audience is the estimated 30-40,000 foreigners who live and work in the Serbian capital and use English as their main working language.
BIRN, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, is a network of local non-governmental organisations promoting freedom of speech, human rights and democratic values.
The first BIRN organisation was registered in 2004, but by 2006, BIRN had developed a network structure that included local independent organisations gathered around an umbrella organisation – the Balkan Investigative Regional Reporting Network (BIRN Hub), a structure that had the advantage of combining local, country-based expertise with unique regional cooperation.
BIRN has a presence across the Balkan region, with country-based organisations in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Macedonia, Romania and Serbia. For editorial purposes it also has a network of journalists and editors in Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Greece and occasionally Moldova. BIRN has a wide media presence – online, in print, on TV, and on radio. BIRN’s flagship website, www.BalkanInsight.com, one of 15 sites in different languages that BIRN runs, is read in more than 200 countries worldwide.
Key issues in the Balkans that BIRN has identified include lack of freedom of expression, loss of media independence, lack of good governance, an absence of anti-corruption efforts, poor access to justice and rights and civil society organisations’ inability to address issues of public interest.
To address those issues, the Network implements a range of programmes and projects focused on training journalists, publishing and broadcasting; monitoring, advocating and debating; working with CSOs as well as creating public archives and databases.
BIRN targets a wide range of stakeholders, from the general public, journalists and media in general, to decision makers, both national and international, and civil society organisations.
To learn more about the network, please visit birn.eu.com.