The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) in Sarajevo is unique in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the first organization of its kind to be established in Balkans. CIN is dedicated to investigative reporting, aimed toward providing fair and unbiased information, based on evidences and solid proof, to BiH citizens who need to make educated decisions.
Our work focuses on organized crime and corruption and the negative effect they have on the lives of ordinary citizens. We put out investigative projects and stories on topics that include education, health, sports, employment, politics, illegal trading in tobacco and drugs, illegal drugs and documents, and financial fraud.
CIN was started in 2004 with a USAID grant and technical assistance and support from the New York University School of Journalism and the Journalism Development Group. Today, CIN is an independent media agency; its investigative pieces are regularly published by local and regional media in printed and electronic formats. CIN stories are published on major web portals in BiH and in the region, and the number of individual visitors on www.cin.ba is increasing. CIN work is available for free to all partner organizations that credit CIN as their source.
The center cooperates with a number of distinguished media outlets world-wide and its stories have appeared in print form in the Guardian, Time, Der Spiegel, Washington Post, and on radio and TV stations including ZDF, BBC, and Deutsche Welle. CIN work is regularly published by the most prominent media outlets of Serbia, Croatia and Montenegro. In addition, they are distributed through Radio Free Europe / TV Liberty. CIN has done much work with one of the leading associations of investigative journalists in the world – the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
The center also is a founding member of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) which brings together independent investigative reporters and organizations throughout South East Europe and Central Asia on journalistic investigations.
CIN produces documentaries and video materials in support of its investigative articles. These are broadcasted through public and independent TV stations in BiH.
The CIN team is composed of 18 people who come from part of BiH with experience in different media. Two international editors serve as advisors to local editors who are charged with maintaining international standards in work and continuous staff training.
CIN is funded through grants from international donors. The intention is to develop a sustainable news product that attracts revenues to cover a part of organizational expenses.
CIN has won an impressive number of prestigious awards.
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Aladin Abdagić is editor-in-chief at CIN since March 2016. Abdagić has been with CIN since 2009. A Cazin native, his first experiences with journalism came at the local newspaper, Prezent. He has taken the IREX journalism education program and Media Center training programs in Sarajevo and is in his final year of the Journalism School of the University of Sarajevo.
Mirjana Popović is deputy editor. Popović joined CIN in 2010. Prior to CIN, she worked with the Association of Independent Broadcasting Media (ANEM) in Serbia, the BBC’s Balkans branch, for the Belgrade-based weekly Vreme, and for a number of regional radio stations in Serbia. She graduated with a journalism degree from the School of Political Sciences in Belgrade and holds a master’s degree in democracy and human rights at the University of Sarajevo.
Renata Radić-Dragić has been a journalist since 1996 and was one of the first hires when CIN began in 2004. She was editor-in-chief between July 2013 and March 2016. Radić-Dragić has worked in a number of media: Radio and TV stations (Radio Vitez, Slobodna Evropa, Boram, Deutsche Welle, TV Liberty), news agencies (ONASA, ALFA), newspapers (Večernje novine, Večernji list, Dnevni list, Nezavisne novine, Privrednik, Banka, Start) and online media outlets (IWPR, CAI). She has a journalism degree from the University of Mostar and the BBC School of Journalism and a master’s degree in marketing from the Economics School of the University of Sarajevo.
Azhar Kalamujić has spent more than 18 years in journalism. Prior to joining CIN in 2007, he worked at the Sarajevo daily Oslobođenje, reported for Voice of America and Radio France Internationale and wrote for a Banja Luka magazine Reporter. He won Oslobodjenje’s in-house awards for 2000 and 2002 for stories on corruption in institutions and public companies in BiH, organized crime and custom frauds. He was the Editor-in-Chief from 2010 to July 2013.
Mubarek Asani joined CIN in 2007. He finished the High Journalism School of Mediaplan in 1999, specializing in TV journalism, then joined the joint BHT team in 2004. He also worked for the TV magazine Euroimpuls and Public Secret, and the documentary department of BHT1. In 2005/2006 Mubarek was invited to be a guest lecturer on TV journalism at Mediaplan Institute.
Ermin Zatega has been with CIN since 2006. A Mostar native, He graduated with a journalism degree in 2003 from the School of Political Science in Sarajevo. He also has completed the BBC School of Journalism. Before CIN he worked on the Morning Show of FTV/BHT1 for three years. He spent two months in the US in 2008 as part of a World Press Institute program.
Merima Hrnjica joined CIN in 2011, after four years as a journalist and editor for the Balkan Regional Investigative Network ((BIRN). Prior to BIRN, she worked as a reporter and deputy editor of the cultural-info magazine Echo, an assistant on the TV show Pošteno Govoreći on BHT and a volunteer on the student eFM radio. She holds a journalism degree from the School of Political Sciences in Sarajevo and in 2011 she participated in a Reuters scholarship program on economic and political reporting.
Jasna Fetahović joined the Center for Investigative Reporting in March 2013. In her 14-year long professional carrier she worked with the Sarajevo-based Oslobođenje newspaper and Dani weekly. Fetahović attended a training organized by the Deutsche Welle Academie and titled Investigative Journalism and Ethnical Standards. She was also a fellow at the US government-sponsored investigative journalism program with participants from all over the world.
Sadeta Bajrović was born in Konjic in 1988. She has an M.A. in Communicology from the School of Political Sciences in Sarajevo. She joined CIN in Feb. 2014.
Sarajevo-born Selma Učanbarlić joined CIN in Nov. 2015. She worked as a journalist and court reporter for the Balkan Investigative Regional Network in BiH and the regional broadcasting service InfobiroTV. She received her B.A. in Communicology from the School of Political Sciences in Sarajevo in 2009.
He spent four years at the Sarajevo-based FACE TV, first as a reporter and later as an editor and a producer. He was also the producer and presenter of Oznna investigative programme focusing on topics of corruption and crime in Bosnian society. From there he moved to N1 Adria to work as a reporter. He has been with CIN since April 2016.
Vanja Stevanović joined CIN in January 2017. She was a staff reporter for the Banja Luka-based daily Nezavisne Novine and a correspondent for the Sarajevo-based daily Dnevni Avaz. In 2015, she received UNICEF’s annual media prize for her special journalistic contribution to the promotion and protection of children’s rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). She also co-authored the first textbook on reporting on children for students of journalism in BiH. She holds a B.A. from the Banja Luka-based School of Political Sciences, Journalism Department. She also attended Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Political Academy.
Dženat Dreković has been a CIN photographer since July 2015. He was born in Macedonia in 1979. He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Belgrade and attended World Press Photo Masterclass in Berlin. He’s currently doing an M.A. at the Academy of Fine Arts in Sarajevo. He has worked as a photojournalist for dailies and weeklies (Blic, Dani, Gracija and others) and as a teaching assistant on the subjects of media and applied photography at the School of Technical Studies in Travnik and Kiseljak. He is a member of the Association of the Applied Fine Artists of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a co-founder and an associate with the Center for Photography, Film and Multimedia in Sarajevo.
Boris Mrkela joined CIN in 2004 as assistant to the editor in chief. He worked previously as a reporter and translator at Nezavisne Novine. He has reported for the US newspaper Newsday on behalf of CIN and participated in an 80-country project on access to information. His main duty now is translation.
Amela Barlov is a graphic designer. She joined CIN in February 2016 and she is in charge of the visual representation of content. She graduated from the Sarajevo School of Fine Arts, Department of Graphic Design. She’s worked for fifteen year in developing brand visual identity, graphic design and desktop publishing. She’s worked on the projects for major international companies and organizations.
Leila Bičakčić is the director of CIN. She was a founding member of the organization, as business manager of the Journalism Development Group. Her responsibilities include fundraising and donor relations, administration and financial management. Prior to CIN, she worked for OSCE, UNICEF and the American Bar Association (ABA/CEELI), where she spent nine years as finance manager and trainer. A Sarajevo native, she studied basic physics and economics at the University of Sarajevo.
Kenan Efendić is the digital media manager. He joined CIN and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project in July 2013 and worked as website editor for the two organizations (www.cin.ba, www.occrp.org) and then as assistant to the editor-in-chief. He has worked previously as a journalist and as editor-in-chief at Radiosarajevo.ba. He graduated with a degree in Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian Languages and Literatures at Department of Philosophy in Sarajevo. In 2015, he attended a month-long Thomson Reuters course on economic and political reporting.
Aleksandra Zelić, joined CIN in 2012 as a financial manager and project assistant. A Sarajevo native, she has many years of experience in finances and project management. Prior to CIN she worked as and administrative and financial staffer at the Canadian embassy in Sarajevo for nine years.
Branka Pejić joined CIN as office assistant in 2012 and is now the office and HR manager. Before coming to CIN she worked as a translator for international organizations in BiH. She is from Sarajevo and holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Sarajevo.
- USC Annenberg Scholl of Communication Online Journalism Award 2007 – Small Sites for series of stories “Danger on Your Plate”
- Vecernji List Award – Media Stamp 2007
- Transparency International BiH Award for Journalism Integrity 2007
- Renovabis: Journalistenpreis Osteuropa 2008 for story on Small and Medium Enterprises in BiH
- Thompson Reuters Foundation & Media center Sarajevo Award for Best Story on Governance and Corruption, 2012
- Annual Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award 2012 for International Social Media for story “Camping around Fire instead of Going to prison”
- Award for the best corruption reporting in 2013 from the Anti-Corruption Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH ACCOUNT) for The Former Head of UIO BiH Owns a Million in Assets
- SEEMO / CEI Award for Investigative Reporting in 2013 for Balkan Share Traders Endangered German Stock Exchange
- UNICEF prize award for the special journalistic contribution on the promotion and protection of children’s rights in 2013 went to Writing Cyrilic and Reading Latin.
- July 2014. USAID journalism award on the issue of foster children for a story, “The Dear Cost Of Having Roof Over Your Head.” The award was part of the USAID project on strengthening government institutions and reforms in BiH.
- July 2014. ACCOUNT, anti-corruption network in BiH, gave an award for the best corruption report for the story “The Valuable Property Holdings of Faris Gavrankapetanović”.
- July 2014. ACCOUNT, anti-corruption network in BiH, gave an award for the best video about corruption to a documentary “Policemen And/Or Criminals”.
- SEEMO / CEI award for investigative reporting for young journalists 2014., for story „The Dear Cost of Having a Roof over your Head“.
- June 2015 – European Union’s second award for investigative reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 for Allowance for Accommodation in One’s Own Apartment
- June 2015 – European Union’s third award for investigative reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 for Policemen And/Or Criminals
- June 2015 – ACCOUNT, anti-corruption network in BiH, gave an award for the best 2014 corruption report for the story Allowance for Accommodation in One’s Own Apartment.
- September 2015 – Srđan Aleksić award for professional reporting. The award is sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development and its PRO-Future project.
- May 2015 – European Union’s second award for investigative reporting in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2014 for Čović’s Rich Father-in-law.
- June 2016 — ACCOUNT, anti-corruption network in BiH, gave an award for the best corruption reporting for the story Čović’s Rich Father-in-law.
- July 2016 – World Summit Awards announced CIN’s databases as one of the five best digital media projects worldwide.
- May 2017 – Award “Reporter of the Year” from the BiH Association of Journalists for the Bosnalijek stories.
Awards for regional projects
- Shining Light Award 2007 for series of stories on Power Brokers
- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting 2010– finalist for series of stories on “Document Dilemma”
- International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting 2011 – winner for series of stories on “Offshore Crime, Inc.”
- US Embassy in Serbia & Independent Journalism Association of Serbia (NUNS) Award for Investigative Journalism 2012 for series of stories on “Project Copic”.
- CIN’s story „Bought International Awards to Show Off at Home Turf“ won the Best 2014 Investigative Story awarded by the American Embassy in Serbia and the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS).
- UNDP Moldova third award for investigative reporting for a story about Bosnalijek.
- BH Telecom Union Special recognition for Cooperation and Support, May 2012.
- SEEMO / CEI Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism 2012 – special mention for outstanding results in investigative journalism
- A special mention for the journalistic contribution on the propomotion and protection of children’s rights in 2013 went to How Music Woke up Stolac and Ballet Shook up Mostar
Board of Directors
Rosemary Armao is a Journalism/Communication professor at the State University of New York at Albany and has worked with CIN and OCCRP since nearly their beginnings, serving as an editor, project manager and consultant. She is a former executive director of Investigative Reporters & Editors and president of the Journalism and Womens Symposium. She has spent 40 years as a reporter, editor, educator/training and media development consultant, working in nearly 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe. She is a former managing editor of a New York Times regional newspaper and has worked in editorial positions for the Baltimore Sun and Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel. She has written about media development for the Center for International Media Assistance.
Aida Čerkez is a journalist and has been reporting from Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Associated Press for the past 20 years and is the agency’s chief of bureau in Sarajevo. She has master’s degree in Peace Research and Communications and has been involved in the work of the Center for Investigative Journalism since it was founded. Aida Čerkez is a journalist and has been reporting from Bosnia-Herzegovina for the Associated Press for the past 20 years
Mehmed Halilović is Legal Advisor for the Internews SIM project. He has contributed to the development of the media sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina for over three decades as a journalist and over one decade as an ombudsman for media in the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina. He was editor-in-chief of the Bosnian daily Oslobođenje from 1994 to 1999. Prior to that, he worked as a commentator for the same newspaper (1986-1994) and as editor of the international news section (1983-1988). He was full-time Middle East correspondent, based in Cairo, from 1978 to 1983. He also published articles in leading international newspapers from Switzerland, Sweden, Germany, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Mr. Halilović was the president of the Independent Union of Professional Journalists from the time it was established in 1994 until 1997. From 1996 to 1998 he was Chairman of the Board of the Soros Foundation in Sarajevo. Mr. Halilović has been a trainer in numerous courses and workshops for journalists and public officials in Bosnia and Herzegovina and the region. He is also an active participant in many local and international conferences on the media, ethics in journalism and professional education.
Nebojša Milanović is a lawyer and long -time legal consultant to non-governmental organizations in Bosnia-Herzegovina.. He is a graduate of the Sarajevo Law School and he passed the bar exam in 1991. Following seven years he spent working for government agencies, in 1998 he joined the OSCE mission in BiH. In 2000 he began working as a lawyer for ABA/CEELI on legal reform programs for BiH. Since 2008, he has worked as a lawyer/advocate in Banja Luka and as a legal consultant for a number of non-governmental organizations, including Transparency International.
Milenko Vočkić is editor in chief at Radio Free Europe in Bosnia-Herzegovina. His journalism carrier began at Radio Sarajevo, after he graduated from the Journalism School of Sarajevo. Between 1989 and 1995 he was editor in chief at Radio Sarajevo. He was a founder and the first editor in chief of BH Radio 1. Between 2007 and 2009 he was director of RTV BH. He has participated at numerous conferences and seminars on journalism and media. He was also a lecturer at the Journalism High School of the Media Plan institute in BiH. He received a number of awards for his radio journalism in the days of the former Yugoslavia.