Tamara Causidis

Tamara Causidis – is a freelance journalist and an activist for press freedom.  She is the president of the Trade Union of Macedonian Journalists and Media Workers (SSNM).

Causidis began her journalist career in 1988 as a reporter for Macedonian National Radio. She later became a news anchor and editor and in May 2001, joined the South Slavic department of Radio Free Europe. She worked as a correspondent during the ethnic conflict in Macedonia and became a permanent member of the Macedonian department of Radio Free Europe in September 2001. Causidis was also an editor in the Macedonian BIRN office and a producer and editor at ALSAT-M TV, the only bilingual media in Macedonia.

During her career, she became involved in promoting professional standards, human rights and press freedom issues in Macedonia. She was elected President of the Council of Honor at the Macedonian Journalists Association from 2006-2009. She is also a co-author of the Journalism Ethics Manual.

As the president of SSNM, she is involved in promoting professional standards as a precondition for press freedom.

Marija Andjelkovic

Marija Andjelkovic LL.M. is an anti-traffickingexpert, human rights activist and one of the founders and current president of ASTRA, the first organisation to address the human trafficking issue in Serbia.

Andjelkovic began her career as an activist as project manager atthe NGO SOS Hotline and Centre for Girls in 1998. While working at the Centrewith girls who fell victim to various forms of violence, Andjelkovic was one ofsix women who recognised the presence of human trafficking in Serbia. From theearly 2000s she devoted her career to the development of victim supportmechanisms and appropriate responses to the crime of trafficking on the statelevel.

Over the past 15 years,Andjelkovic has been a trainer at more than 200 workshops, training sessionsand seminars in Serbia and abroad, sharing her anti-trafficking expertise withprofessionals from institutions, professors, social workers, journalists, policeofficers, the UN Peace Corps, judges, prosecutors, NGO representatives andstudents. She also took part in defining the working methodology for the SOShotline for victims of trafficking, founding the Regional NGO ACTA (Anti CorruptionAnti Trafficking Action) and presenting alternative reports to UN committees (2001-date).

As the president of ASTRA, she hasled eight large-scale media campaigns and produced a manual for journalistscreated as a tool for responsible and reliable reporting on trafficking inhuman beings.


She is the author of numerousarticle, manuals and handbooks on the trafficking issue.

Luuk Sengers

Luuk Sengers is an investigative reporter and journalism lecturer

He was a staff writer at national newspapers and magazines in the Netherlands for sixteen years, before he founded his own company in 2005.

Since then he has taught investigative techniques to reporters and other research professionals. He still writes pieces about the environment and sustainability, and he is busy establishing an international website for stories about the transition towards a sustainable society.

Luuk is a board member of the Dutch Flemish Association of Investigative Journalists.


Nevena Ruzic

Nevena has been working as the Head of Cabinet of the Commissioner for Information of Public Importance and Personal Data Protection since May 2009

She previously worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights – YUCOM and then for the OSCE Mission to Serbia as Freedom of Media Coordinator. She was a research assistant for DiploFoundation in information society and online freedom of expression issues.

Nevena is a founding member of the International Media Lawyers’ Association.

Nevena graduated from the School of Law at the University of Belgrade in 2002 and holds an MA in Contemporary Diplomacy from the University of Malta and an LLM in International and European Human Rights from the University of Leeds.

She is currently doing her doctoral studies at the Legal Studies Department of the Central European University. Her thesis is about the liability of ISPs for freedom of expression vis-à-vis copyright and constitutional justification.

Nick Thorpe

Nick Thorpe is an award-winning writer and journalist. A contributor to the Sunday Times, Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Scotsman and BBC Radio 4 among others, he has covered stories ranging from Russian presidential elections to the coca wars of Bolivia, for which he was shortlisted for the Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism.

His bestselling book, Adrift in Caledonia: Boat-hitching for the Unenlightened, is the story of his 2500-mile journey around Scotland on other people’s boats. It was published by Little Brown and serialised on BBC Radio 4’s Book of the Week programme in March 2006.

Eight Men and a Duck, his critically-acclaimed first book, recounts his voyage to Easter Island by reed boat and was published by Abacus in 2003. He is currently working on a new book called Relax or Die: Adventures in the Lost Art of Letting Go, due for publication in 2011.

Born in 1970, Nick grew up near London but moved to Scotland more than 15 years ago. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife and young son. His obsessions include Six Feet Under, the meaning of existence and things that float.


Vuk Djuricic

Before he became a spokesman for the Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK) in 2008, he worked as a professional journalist at the newspaper Slobodna Dalmacija in Split, Croatia. 

In addition to being a journalist, he was a columnist, deputy editor in chief and chief editor for the correspondence office in Zagreb. He completed his Faculty of Political Science in Zagreb.



Nick Davies

Nick Davies has been named Journalist of the Year, Reporter of the Year and Feature Writer of the Year for his investigations into crime, drugs, poverty and other social issues.

Hundreds of journalists have attended his one-day masterclass on the techniques of investigative reporting, in Britain, Canada, China, Germany, India and South Africa.

He has been a journalist since 1976 and is currently a freelance, working regularly as special correspondent for The Guardian. He also makes TV documentaries; he was formerly an on-screen reporter for World In Action. His four books include White Lies (about a racist miscarriage of justice in Texas) and Dark Heart (about poverty in Britain). He was the first winner of the Martha Gellhorn award for investigative reporting for his work on failing schools and recently won the award for European Journalism for his work on drugs policy. Flat Earth News, his controversial book exposing falsehood, distortion and propaganda in the news media, was published as a hardback in February 2008 and as a paperback in January 2009. In May 2009, Flat Earth News won the first Bristol Festival of Ideas book award, to be given annually for a book which “presents new, important and challenging ideas, which is rigorously argued, and which is engaging and accessible.” It is now being translated into Thai, Vietnamese, Greek, Dutch, Slovenian, Ukrainian and Chinese. In November 2009, the University of Westminster made him an honorary fellow ‘for services to journalism’.

Dr. Alberto Bin

Dr. Alberto Bin is Director, Integration, Partnership and Cooperation in the Political Affairs and Security Policy Division at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

In this capacity, he is responsible for the development and implementation of NATO’s programs in support of partnership, dialogue and cooperation with all non-NATO nations. Prior to that, Dr. Bin was Head of the Mediterranean, Middle East and Global Partners Section in the same Division.

Prior to joining NATO, Dr. Bin was Deputy Director of the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies at the University of Malta, where he held the Chair of International History. He was also Visiting Professor at the Department of Political Studies at the University of Catania, Italy and lectured at a number of universities and other academic institutions. Prior to that, Dr. Bin worked for several years in the private sector including in the Middle East.

Dr. Bin holds a Ph.D. in International Relations from the Graduate Institute of International Studies at the University of Geneva, Switzerland. His undergraduate education was in history at the “La Sapienza” University in Rome, Italy. He has published books and articles on – inter alia – Mediterranean and Middle East security.

Crina Boros

Crina Boros is a watchdog reporter specialised in data journalism, transparency laws and cross-border reporting.

She is known for Swiss Leaks, her cross-border reporting on women’s rights, lobby and war compensation, and for taking the European Parliament to court over denial to release public interest information. A Computer-Assisted Reporting trainer and member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE). https://uk.linkedin.com/in/crinaboros

Oliver Vujovic

From 2000 Oliver Vujovic is the Secretary General of the South East Europe Media Organisation –  International Press Institute affiliate

2001-2004: Advisor for the Balkan Südosteuropäischer Dialog, magazine, Vienna and Kulturzentrum, Vienna

2000- 2001: Director of Balkan Südosteuropäischer Dialog, magazine, and Kulturzentrum, Vienna

2000: Vujovic founded Balkan Point – Independent SEE Research and News Service  on www.balkanpoint.org

1998-1999: Product manager in Henkel CEE in the Vienna headquarter and responsible for marketing in the new founded company Henkel Yugoslavia (as Director)

1994-1997: Querleser Wien Correspondent for South East Europe

1991- 2000: Correspondent of the Austrian daily Die Presse in Belgrade The Belgrade Federal Minister of Information decided to recall his accreditation, and Oliver Vujovic reported between 1994 – 1997 from Skopje ( Macedonia) and Szeged (Hungary), also using the pseudonym David Fatschel

1991 – Independent Consultant, Event Manager and  Business Researcher. Also independent advisor for Public Relations and Business Developments. Cooperation with companies in Austria, Germany,  Switzerland and in South East Europe

1989 – 1991: Radio B92, Belgrade

1988 – 1989: Radio Index, Belgrade

1988 – 2000: Freelancer in South East Europe for media in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Scandinavian countries and UK. He published also articles in several print media in South East Europe.

Vujovic had in this period as journalist / correspondent over 400 interviews with leading persons in South East Europe, and he published in total over 3500 different articles in print media.

He graduated economics (public relations). Today he works on his PhD.

Editor, co-editor,  author or co-author in  books, publications, research articles and magazines. He is  editor of the SEEMO Media Handbook (annual publication) and publisher of the De Scripto magazine. Some of publications were he was the editor are: Guide for Investigative Reporters, Investigative Reporting in SEE etc. 

Contact: public-department@balkanpoint.org

Link to www.seemo.org