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Lidija Pisker

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.

 
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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.

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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.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina has three official languages, despite each language only having minor, sometimes manufactured, differences.

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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.

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Many pensioners in Bosnia and Herzegovina live on the edge of poverty. Some of them make art to survive.

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In the former Yugoslavia, tourism is reigniting an interest in the concrete legacies of the anti-fascism struggle.

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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?

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Women are primary targets of bias and online harassment in the Balkans. Now, a growing number are using the internet to fight back.

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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.

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An abandoned Roman salami factory became an illegal, inhabited museum. About 200 people live in the improvised art space.

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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.

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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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Former Albanian communist leader Enver Hoxha commissioned the construction of 173,371 bunkers between 1975 and 1983. They are now being used as restaurants, museums, tattoo studios and wine canteens.

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