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About the Service

Reporting from five bureaus throughout the region, RFE/RL’s Balkan Service covers economic issues, corruption, Russian and Chinese influence, migration, and minority issues. 

Investigations about disinformation on Srebrenica genocide led Google to remove content. 

Counters Russian disinformation, with stories on Russian paramilitary organizations’ activities, including reports on Serbian volunteers who fought on the Russian side in Ukraine. 

Serbia’s Prosecutor’s Office for Cyber-Crime initiated an investigation into Telegram group “Z-Orlovi” following a Balkan Service report on how it targets Russian citizens living in Serbia opposed to Russian’s invasion of Ukraine. 

Reports on Chinese malign influence, including debt in Montenegro

Counters violent extremism: investigated how pro-Nazi, white-power bands operate in Serbia. 

Women’s Shadows is a resource for victims of gender-motivated violence. 

Reported on the 2022 Bosnian and Serbian elections, giving a broader perspective on an unstable political environment. 

Reporters were on the scene during December 2022 border tensions between Kosovo and Serbia. 

Hosts the Jiri Dienstbier Journalism Fellowship with the Czech Foreign Ministry aimed at aspiring journalists. 

Reaching Audiences

Media Climate

Reporters Without Borders’ World Press Freedom Index ranks for the region: Bosnia-Herzegovina (64/180), Kosovo (56/180), Montenegro (39/180), North Macedonia (38/180), and Serbia (91/180).


Association of Journalists of Kosovo

A 2021 story on medical waste won Best Web Story of the Year by the Association of Journalists of Kosovo. 

Annual Award for Investigative Journalism

Belgrade correspondent Dusan Komarcevic was a 2021 finalist for a prestigious journalism award for his investigation into the “gamification” of extremist violence.  

Media Center

Latest Updates

Russia Extends Detention of Alsu Kurmasheva; Her Imprisonment “As Outrageous Today as It Was Six Months Ago”

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) condemns the latest extension of American journalist Alsu Kurmasheva’s pretrial detention.

Usha Chaudhary, Vance Serchuk Join RFE/RL’s Board of Directors

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) is pleased to welcome Usha Chaudhary and Vance Serchuk to its Board of Directors.

Family of Detained RFE/RL Journalist Alsu Kurmasheva Meets Top Biden Aides, Lawmakers, Hostage Advocates in Washington, D.C.

The husband and children of American RFE/RL journalist Alsu Kurmasheva—who is spending her 150th day in a Russian prison—spent a productive week in Washington, D.C.

Service Director

Milos Teodorovic

Milos Teodorovic is the Acting Service Director of RFE/RL’s Balkan Service. Teodorovic joined RFE /RL in 1999 and became the Bureau Chief of RFE/RL’s Serbian Service in 2015. As an RFE/RL journalist, Teodorovic received numerous awards, among which his “Gaffe of the Week” column was honored with the American Academy of Interactive and Visual Arts award (2014). Milos also received awards from the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia for his story on Serbian right-wing extremists (2012) and an EU investigative journalism award for his documentary on protected witnesses associated with war crimes in Serbia (2014). 

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