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The resources page includes videos about professional reporting on terrorism as well as details of suggested resources that can be used to improve the quality of terrorism reporting. The page contains a detailed webinar prepared by BIRN journalists about professional reporting on terrorism and the use of this database, as well as short videos with basic reporting rules prepared in co-operation with the OSCE and the Press Council of Bosnia and Herzegovina. There are also links to two manuals that can help journalists reporting on this complex and sensitive issues.
Reporting about terrorism
Reporting on Terrorism and Violent Extremism
A Handbook Based on the Practice and Experience of Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Journalists

This handbook is about experiences and best practices in reporting on terrorism by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina, BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Terrorism is a complex and sensitive topic, and so is reporting on terrorism. There are several practical ways in which to report on the phenomenon of terrorism. For journalists, reporting on an actual terrorist incident is certainly the most stressful and demanding.

This handbook will look at various ways of reporting on terrorism; mistakes, traps and positive experiences; the journalistic formats that can be used when doing reports, and also practical advice on how to make your reporting better and more relevant.

Reporting on Violent Extremism and Terrorism - Guidelines for Journalists
"Journalists need to resist the urge to sensationalize events in their interest to attract the eyes, ears and clicks" – as stated in the UNESCO Guidelines on reporting on terrorism and violent extremism. This statement once again underlines the importance of overcoming many challenges that stand in the way of reporting on these topics. Guided by these issues, the OSCE Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina organized the conference "Media and Terrorism" in September 2018, and once again drew attention to the importance of accuracy of information based on facts, independence, impartiality, humanity, transparency and responsibilities, when it comes to media-monitoring of violent extremism and terrorism. As stated in the conclusions from the conference, precision and the use of clear terminology is essential for explaining the seriousness and tragic nature of the situation without misleading readers and viewers and sensationalist approach to events.
Terrorism and the media: a handbook for journalists
Author: Marthoz, Jean Paul
The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database

The Terrorism and Foreign Fighters Database, developed by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, contains information about all convictions for domestic terrorism in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia, as well as verdicts from trials of people accused of going to fight in the conflicts in Syria and Ukraine.

The database also contains a case-by-case overview which includes photographs and videos, utilising BIRN’s extensive coverage of these cases, as well as a resource centre which offers video explainers and PDF booklets on how to report on violent extremism and terrorism.

This database was produced with the financial support of the European Union. Its content is the sole responsibility of BIRN and does not necessarily reflects the views of the European Union nor of Hedayah.