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.
By Mark Worth Coalition Co-coordinator KIEV – Marie Yovanovitch was surrounded by bodyguards, colleagues and friends as she left the conference room with her head down and wriggled through the crowd in hopes of reaching the elevator without answering the question. The US Ambassador to Ukraine acknowledged today that last