BIRN’s map of far-right and extremist groups in the Balkans, documenting organisations and groups active in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia, is currently unavailable to the public pending an outcome of an independent review.

As an organisation committed to high-quality, data-driven, cross-border journalism, BIRN is dedicated to upholding the highest professional standards and representing the facts in a clear and transparent way.

BIRN took the decision to send the data for an independent review on November 25, after completing series of internal procedures. As undertaking a comprehensive review process takes time, BIRN decided to suspend the map on December 11, so the data previously published will not be available on the website until the review is complete. BIRN will then make the database available again and publish the outcome of the review.

An independent panel, including editorial and subject matter experts will review map’s content and methodology. BIRN will not be responding to individual media inquiries on this matter until the review is finalised.

December 13, 2022