About Us

BIRC is non-governmental and non-partisan organization, totally independent company based in

Skopje, Macedonia. The Institute aims to build bridges of cooperation between journalists,

investigative reporters, NGO leaders and experts from the the Balkan countries.



The vision of the organization is to build an open concept for encouraging, promoting and affirmation of regional co-operation in the spirit of the best European values in the full range of the functioning of civil society organizations for a truly democratic society. The vision of BIRS is to build a free, equal and tolerant society that fully works on democratic principles.



The mission of the organization is to create a broad framework of cooperation at national and regional level, to promote an open dialogue with all organizations and other social actors aspiring to democratic values. BIRC has a mission to encourage civic initiatives in specific areas to strengthen the essential dimensions of democratic life that are linked to freedom of the media, transparency, good governance and the entire human rights framework.


To ensure a fair and unbiased knowledge between countries and peoples of the Balkans and for

better fight the corruption and organized crime in the region, BIRC produces investigative stories,

analysis, interviews and events.


The Institute consists of experienced experts in the field of investigative journalism and analysis of

all Balkan countries, which break down the problematic processes and at the same time offer solutions

to overcome them.


BIRC extends activity in several directions:


– Transnational and national investigative stories


– Analysis in the field of politic, economy, finance and security


– Organization of regional debates and panel discussions for different issues


– Projects for combating corruption and organized crime in the Balkans


The main purpose of BIRC is to build a network of cooperation between journalists, civil activists

and experts in the Balkan, which will make this region safer and with clearer perspective.


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1. Executive Director: Bardhyl Zaimi, senior editor and writer


2. Program Manager: Arben Zeqiri, investigative journalist and filmmaker


3. Finance Manager: Lulzim Atuli





  • Coordinator: Xhelal Neziri,  investigative reporter and analyst (Macedonia)

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  • Seladin Xhezairi, senior journalist of BBC

Contact: [email protected]


  • Charlotte Stiévenard, investigative reporter and analyst (Greece)  

Contact: [email protected]


  • Arben Muka, journalist of Deutsche Welle and university professor of journalism (Albania)

Contact: [email protected]


  • Kristi Petrova, investigative reporter and analyst (Bulgaria) 

Contact: [email protected]


  • Dražen Simić, investigative reporter and analyst (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Contact: [email protected]


  • Sergej Županić, investigative reporter and analyst (Croatia)

Contact: [email protected]


  • Serbeze Haxhiaj,  investigative reporter and analyst (Kosovo)

Contact: [email protected]