The jury that hands over the European Union (EU) investigative journalism awards has awarded first prize to CINS journalist Dina Đorđević for a series of articles on air pollution in Serbia. CINS journalists Teodora Ćurčić and Stefan Marković have received special praise for the database titled How Much Does an MP Cost?
The data CINS received from 21 healthcare institutions show how many vaccinated and unvaccinated people there are among the hospitalized and deceased COVID-19 patients.
Having landed at the Nikola Tesla Airport on a flight from Vienna, on July 15 this year, a passenger headed toward the exit with the sign NOTHING TO DECLARE. Passengers carrying goods not subject to customs duties pass through this exit every day. However, this passenger did not have the usual luggage with him. Customs officers discovered in his possession a painting called The Sentinel, by Paja Jovanović, bought for more than 140,000 euros, along with over 15,000 euros in cash. Although the media reported on this person as a mystery passenger, CINS reveals that the passenger in question is a Belgrade city administration secretary, Nikola Kovačević.
Dragan Šakić was born in the village of Brezjak, not far from Loznica, where he lived for more than 40 years. In this village with some 170 inhabitants, Dragan had a house spanning roughly 50 square meters, a farmstead and a bit of land. Today, all the Šakić family has left in Brezjak is the land, and they might end up selling it, too. They are just one of the families who have sold their property to Rio Tinto Sava Exploration, a Serbian subsidiary of Rio Tinto Group, which has been buying up land in this area since last year in order to build a lithium mine. However, the hefty sums of money the company has been offering for the purchase of houses and land over the past several months have caused a divide and a conflict between neighbors.
Newsmax Adria journalist Jelena Obućina is the winner of this year’s Stanislav Staša Marinković Award, given out by the Danas daily. CINS journalist Jovana Tomić was
shortlisted for the award, while the entire staff was lauded for its investigative stories.
Illegal construction in a protected area, cutting of floodplain forests on the banks of the Tisa and air pollution in Beočin – those are the topics of the three award-winning stories by participants in the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) school, created as part of cooperation with the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Government of Sweden.
Telekom Srbija paid Igor Mirović, the head of the Vojvodina government and member of the Serbian Progressive Party leadership, at least 192,000 euros for leasing office space in downtown Novi Sad, almost a third of it before the office was even opened. A prosecutor’s office conducted a long preliminary investigation on suspicion of illegality of the whole affair. CINS reveals problems in the procedure, as well as that in the process of leasing the space Telekom bypassed public procurement procedure.
The Žitište municipal administration last year awarded a student transportation job worth 3.7 million dinars to Serbian Progressive Party alderman Dragan Rapaić. That public procurement was added to the plan the same day it was announced, while Rapaić’s company Eko Line 2020 was founded less than two months before that. Anti-Corruption Agency representatives say that this is a conflict of interest and say they will launch procedure against Rapaić and the Žitište municipal heads.
Criminal charges for threats to CINS Editor-in-Chief Milica Šarić on Twitter have been filed with the Special Prosecutor’s Office for High-Tech Crime via the Working Group for the Safety of Journalists. Charges have also been filed with the same Prosecutor’s Office for threats to the CINS office on Facebook.
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