A little-known British lawyer rose to become one of Kosovo’s most powerful judges despite lacking the credentials to serve as an international judge.
On 15 June 2017, the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina strengthened rights for employees who report crime and corruption.
PRAGUE – An Advisory Board set up by the Czech government to kick-start discussions to better protect whistleblowers has not produced results.
TIRANA – As Albania's groundbreaking whistleblower protection law finally is being implemented, citizens and activists hope it will work in practice.
BELGRADE — Marija Beretka needed to file lawsuits in three separate courts in order to obtain whistleblower protection. The case illustrates problems with Serbia’s new law.
PRISHTINA – Government staffer Murat Mehmeti blew the whistle on a massive tax scam involving shell companies that his bosses in Kosovo’s Tax Administration notably failed to follow up. Details of the major fraud were revealed on November 17 by the Kosovo bureau of the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN).
PODGORICA – As Western Balkan countries progress toward European Union membership, media freedoms are weakening while attacks on journalists are ever more violent and overt.
SOFIA – Konstantin Ivanov does not want to talk to journalists anymore. “I am fed up with media publicity,” he told a friend who approached him with an interview request on behalf of the Southeast Europe Coalition for Whistleblower Protection.