Out of Order: High-Ranking EU ‘Judge’ Lacked Credentials to Serve on Kosovo’s Bench

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.

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Split Decisions: Bosnian Whistleblowers Remain at Risk Despite Legal Advances

On 15 June 2017, the Republika Srpska in Bosnia and Herzegovina strengthened rights for employees who report crime and corruption.

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Empty Promises: Czech Officials Show no Goodwill to Protect Whistleblowers

PRAGUE – An Advisory Board set up by the Czech government to kick-start discussions to better protect whistleblowers has not produced results.

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Albania’s New Whistleblower Law Has Great Promise to Curb Corruption. But Will it Deliver?

TIRANA – As Albania's groundbreaking whistleblower protection law finally is being implemented, citizens and activists hope it will work in practice.

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The Jury is Still Out on Serbia’s New Whistleblower Protection Law

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.

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First-ever Regional Documentary Hits the Screen

Southeast Europe's burgeoning whistleblower movement has taken another great step with the premiere of the region's first documentary on whistleblowing.

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Kosovo Whistleblower Lifts Lid on Huge Tax Scam

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).

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Montenegro: Close to the EU – Far from Media Freedom

PODGORICA – As Western Balkan countries progress toward European Union membership, media freedoms are weakening while attacks on journalists are ever more violent and overt.

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Bulgarian Police Case Serves a Reminder: Whistleblowers Need Legal Protections

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.

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Kosovo: The Republic without Whistleblowers

PRISHTINA – In one of her final speeches as President of Kosovo, Atifete Jahjaga requested the county’s top judicial officials to pay more attention to whistleblowers –

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