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Bosnian Serbian Croatian (BSC) and Turkish translation of the Verification Handbook released

17 August 2015 | PRESS RELEASE


On Monday 17 August 2015 the European Journalism Centre (EJC) released a Bosnian Serbian Croatian (BSC) and a Turkish translation of its Verification Handbook. With these two language versions, the Verification Handbook is now translated in eight languages including French, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Ukrainian, and Greek.

The Bosnian Serbian Croatian (BSC) version was produced in partnership with Mediacentar Sarajevo, a media training organisation based in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), as part of the Public Data Now project which is financially supported by the Dutch government’s MATRA programme. Mediacentar Sarajevo supports the development of independent and professional journalism in BiH through trainings, publishing, media research, TV and audio production, and organisation of different cultural events.

The Turkish translation was created with a collaboration between Pirate Party Turkey, a political movement in Turkey that follows the model of the Swedish Pirate Party and Ninja Medya, a digital journalism initiative in Turkey. The translation effort was led by Mehmet Atakan Foça, a trained journalist with the editorial support by Berk Göbekcioğlu and the volunteer translators including Gürkan Özturan, Gülşah Deniz, Emre Sorkun, Onurcan Önal, Berk Göbekcioğlu, Volkan Hatem, Şafak Erol, Atakan Tatar, and Şevket Uyanık.

The Bosnian Serbian Croatian (BSC) version is now available via the following URL:

The Turkish version is now available via the following URL:

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About the Mediacentar Sarajevo (MCS)

The organisation was founded in 1995 by the Open Society Fund in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since 2000 the centre has been registered as a separate educational and research institution owned by Open Society Fund BiH. Throughout years, the Mediacentar has developed a set of programs for improving the overall state of journalism, media professionalism and media freedoms in Bosnia-Herzegovina and the Southeast Europe, through its educational, research, and web-based programmes.


About the Pirate Party Turkey

The Pirate Party Turkey (Turkish: Korsan Parti Türkiye) is a not-yet-officially-formed political party movement in Turkey based on the model of the Swedish Pirate Party. The party opposes the dismantlement of civil rights in telephony and on the Internet, in particular the European data retention policies and Turkey’s view on Internet censorship. It also opposes various measures of surveillance of citizens. The party favors the civil right to information privacy and reforms of copyright, education, computer science and genetic patents.


Verification Handbook
The Verification Handbook is a groundbreaking new resource for journalists and aid responders, which provides step-by-step guidelines for using user-generated content (UGC) during emergencies.