Finalists of the Investigative Journalism Awards 2012

BIRN journalists, Bojana Barlovac and Aleksandar Djordjevic, and two BIRN Summer School 2011 participants, Bojana Jovanovic and Stevan Dojcinovic, are finalists for the National Investigative Journalism Award 2012 by the Independent Association of Journalists in Serbia.

Bojana Barlovac, a BIRN journalist for Balkan Insight, is nominated for her investigation on the ownership of Serbian national broadcaster TV Avala. Questions regarding the ownership of the station arose when employees of TV Avala were on strike.

BIRN Serbia journalist, Aleksandar Djordjevic,  is nominated for his investigation into irregularities found in the building of indoor swimming pools in Kragujevac.  At the time the article was published, Djordjevic worked for Sumadija Press. All stories can be found at

Bojana Jovanovic and Stevan Dojcnovic, from the Centre for Investigative Journalism in Serbia, CINS, were selected for their story about Zoran Copic. Copic is allegedly the primary liaison between the mafia and businessmen and banks that seek to privatise Serbian companies.

Winners will be announced on Media Freedom Day on May 3, 2012.

The Investigative Journalism Award is organized by the Independent Association of Journalists in Serbia and is supported by the US Embassy in Serbia.

BIRN Summer School of Investigative Reporting 2012 was organized in cooperation with the Media Program South East Europe of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung and was supported by Open Society Foundations, OSCE Mission to Skopje, OSCE Mission in Kosovo and USA Embassy in Skopje.