Center for Investigative Reporting winner of The Award for Journalism Integrity 2007

On Dec. 10, 2007, International Anti-Corruption Day, Transparency International of Bosnia and Herzegovina (TI BH) gave out its 4th annual Award for Journalism Integrity at a reception that honored the occasion and seven years of TI presence in BiH.

The award went to the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo, according to Boris Divjak, chairman of the Board of Directors of TI BH and member of the international Board of Directors of TI.

In presenting the award, Divjak said: “Investigative reporting in a “captured country” such as BiH, where journalists are targets of attacks even from state institutions, requires high professional standards, extraordinary efforts at investigation and analysis as well as a high level of personal bravery. The Award for Journalism Integrity represents public gratitude and acknowledgement of the individuals and organizations that have distinguished them in this field.

“The Award is also a show of support for independent and professional investigative journalism that works for the public benefit. The Center of Investigative Reporting’s uncompromised and systematic work gathering and analysis of information has provided the citizens of BiH the possibility to learn if the officials they elect actually work for their best interests,” Divjak said.

Without complete information about the government’s work there would be no responsibility of the government toward the citizens,” the chairman said. “Publishing this information is the biggest contribution that media could make to the society. The Center for Investigative Reporting won based on the topics they selected and explored in depth. I would like to thank CIN for their work, on behalf of Transparency International. By its definition, investigative journalism deals with issues of the highest public interest, and the Center for Investigative Reporting has proved that again with its work.”

Managing Director Leila Bičakčić, who accepted the award for CIN, said: “We accept this award on behalf of all the investigative reporters in BiH who work hard in a difficult environment to uncover and tell people what is really happening. CIN believes in the power of the people to change things when they have accurate information.”

Marking seven years of operation, TI BiH promised more intensive activities in the fight against corruption with a hope that they will find an associate in the BiH government.