01. okt 2020.

The Case of Radomir Markovic and Others (Slavko Curuvija)

The Appeals Court in Belgrade reversed and remanded a lower court decision convicting four members of the Serbian State Security services of murdering journalist Slavko Curuvija. After hearing testimony from over 100 witnesses, the High Court determined that Curuvija had been labelled as an “enemy of the State,” that data collected from mobile phone towers placed three of the defendants in close proximity to Curuvija at the time of the killing, and that the killers, in cooperation with an unidentified shooter, were acting on orders from the highest echelons of the Serbian government. The Appeals Court argued that no evidence of an unidentified shooter was presented during the trial and therefore the conviction was flawed. The case was sent back to the High Court for reconsideration or retrial and hearings are scheduled for 5, 6, and 9 October 2020.

17. sep 2020.

Prosecution lacks understanding for threats against female journalists

The First Basic Public Prosecutor's Office in Belgrade has rejected criminal charges filed by investigative journalism portal KRIK and journalist Bojana Pavlović against unknown men who snatched Pavlović's phone after she took photographs of Danilo Vučić, the son of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, in the company of Aleksandar Vidojević, who has been identified by police as a member of one of the largest criminal gangs in the Balkans.

17. sep 2020.

Poynter and the European Journalism Centre highlight the experiences of Cenzolovka and the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation during the pandemic

The European Journalism Centre and renowned American portal Poynter have published analysis authored by journalist Tara Kelly highlighting the way Cenzolovka and the Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation reacted during the Coronavirus epidemic and how they found a way to help local media outlets that are increasingly under threat of closure.

05. sep 2020.

Khrushcheva: Media creates a perception of reality and people live in it rather than in their actual factual life

By Marija Sajkas (New York)

There is no longer an option to dispute. Everyone lives in their own bubble, engaged with their own "truth." So propaganda becomes not just a political tool but a part of a constructed reality, a reality beyond just slogans, speeches, posters, parades and so on. Today, what's a one man's propaganda is another man's truth, says Nina L. Khruscheva, a granddaughter of the former Soviet leader who got her Ph.D. in Princeton and now teaches in New York City. She spoke with Cenzolovka about media and propaganda, topics which are very relevant today and not only when it comes to the U.S. – Russia relations 

31. jul 2020.

State checking bank accounts of journalists, media companies and NGOs, suspicions of money laundering

The Directorate for the Prevention of Money Laundering at the Ministry of Finance has compiled a list of media workers, non-governmental organisations and civil society associations and asked banks to inspect all their transactions since 1st January 2019. Prompted by suspicions of possible money laundering or the financing of terrorists, the investigation encompasses 20 individuals and 37 organisations or associations.

31. jul 2020.

Reactions to the state’s intention to check government critics’ bank accounts

The state's intention to check the banking transactions of individuals and organisations caused alarm bells to ring with many people for two reasons: due to the actual names featured on the list, which includes investigative journalists and investigative media companies, but also organisations that criticise government moves; and also because of the lack of an official explanation of the basis upon which possible money laundering is suspected.

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