Freelance journalist covering human rights and everything in between. I have worked with The Guardian, BBC, Euronews, Open Democracy, France 24, Center for Investigative Reporting (CIN) Sarajevo and Radio Free Europe. I currently contribute to NewsMavens, OZY and Equal Times.
If you are a young girl who has just won a beauty pageant, marrying a rich man is your next step. At least this is what the Nova TV network implied during an interview with the winner of the Miss Bulgaria 2018 beauty contest.
People using social media to criticize government propaganda is usually a positive thing. But justified criticism of a disinformation campaign in Serbia was too often mixed with sexist and misogynist attacks.
Bosnia and Herzegovina has three official languages, despite each language only having minor, sometimes manufactured, differences.
Bosnians are increasingly turning to running to improve their health, lose weight and beat stress. In the process, they’re breaking barriers and trying to correct a growing health crisis in the country.
In the former Yugoslavia, tourism is reigniting an interest in the concrete legacies of the anti-fascism struggle.
Italian bike activists are increasingly demanding an improvement to the country’s road infrastructure in order to prevent a rise in casualty figures. Can Italy make room for its two-wheeled road users?
Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.
The 1996 British film Brassed Off told the story of a band that emerged from the ashes of the once mighty industries of the city of Sheffield. In Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina right now the film is playing out for real.
For hundreds of years, residents in the tiny hilltop village of Monsanto have adapted to their unique environment by building homes under, on and between massive granite rocks.
An Italian government initiative to get citizens to report suspicious content they find online to a web portal drew global attention. But that’s only one element of a broader battle playing out in the country.
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