Civil society and media will not give up the fight for a democratic and free Serbia

The media and civil society organizations demand from the Ministry of Finance and the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering to immediately present the grounds for suspicion due to which they ordered the extraordinary collection of information about organizations, media, and individuals from the commercial banks. The article of the law, referred to by the director of the Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering, states that such inspection should be performed exclusively for organizations for which there are grounds for suspicion of their involvement in the financing of terrorism. Since the list includes numerous organizations and individuals dealing with investigative journalism, protection of human rights, transparency, film production, development of democracy, rule of law and philanthropy, the conclusion is that this is a political abuse of institutions and a dangerous attempt to further collapse the rule of law in Serbia.

The abuse of legal mechanisms and institutions to unlawfully put pressure on the media and civil society organizations is a drastic attack on freedom of association and freedom of information. For years, the government in Serbia has been facing serious criticism from both international and domestic organizations regarding the threat to these two important freedoms. Such an attack on organizations that advocate for establishing Serbia as a state governed by the rule of law with respect for the law and a genuine fight against corruption, is an additional argument that these values are seriously endangered in Serbia. Organizations, media and citizens will not give up the fight for a free and democratic state, regardless of threats and pressures. Such and similar moves by the authorities only further motivate us as citizens to persevere in the defense of our own country.

The media and organizations will take all appropriate legal actions against those involved in this abuse, including the prosecution of those responsible, but above all they will insist on complete and clear answers on how this could have happened. We remind the public that the organizations and media from the list are subject to various types of regular state control, including inspections and rigorous checks of financial operations by the Tax Administration and the National Bank of Serbia, as well as by their own donors. Any legal inspection of the work of organizations is welcome and we will always support it. On the other hand, we will fiercely oppose the abuse of institutions and procedures, because that is our mission – the fight for a democratic and legal state.

Signatories:

  1. A1 Novi Pazar
  2. Academy of Women’s Leadership
  3. Aida Corovic, Human rights activist
  4. Alternative Girls’ Center
  5. Aleksandar Simic, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  6. Dr Srećko Djukić, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  7. Andja Jocic
  8. Anja Andjusic, Youth Forum European Movement in Serbia (FM)
  9. AS – Center for Empowerment of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS
  10. Association “Ectogenesis”
  11. Association “Kutija”, Nis
  12. Association Fenomena
  13. Association for Consumer Protection “Prosperity” – Novi Sad
  14. Association for the help of mentally challenged people “Pearl“ of the municipality of Srbobran
  15. Association of Citizens “NE-BO”, Negotin
  16. Association of Independent Electronic Media – ANEM
  17. Association of parents and children Brodić Parkić
  18. Association Stara planina Pirot
  19. Association Voice of Citizens of Šumadija, Kragujevac
  20. Associations Film Club Prokuplje
  21. ASTRA – Anti Trafficking Action
  22. Autonomous Women’s Center
  23. BalkanIDEA Novi Sad
  24. Becej Youth Association
  25. BeFem
  26. Belgrade Center for Human Rights
  27. Belgrade Center for Security Policy
  28. Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
  29. Belgrade Open School
  30. Belgrade Pride
  31. Beta News agency
  32. Biljana Stepanović
  33. Biber team
  34. BIRN
  35. BIRODI
  36. Boom93
  37. Borivoj Stajić
  38. Branko Vuckovic, a journalist from Kragujevac
  39. Business Association of Local and Independent Media Association “Lokal Press”
  40. Business Info Group
  41. CANVAS
  42. Catalyst Balkans Foundation
  43. Center E8
  44. Center for Applied Psychology
  45. Center for Democracy and Development of Southern Serbia
  46. Center for Democracy Foundation
  47. Center for Development of Serbia
  48. Center for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia
  49. Center for Local Media Development
  50. Center for moms, Belgrade
  51. Center for Nonviolent Action
  52. Center for Policy Research
  53. Center for Policy Research Argument
  54. Center for Protection, Education and Empowerment of Refugees Info Park
  55. Center for Regionalism Novi Sad
  56. Center for Social Policy, Belgrade
  57. Center for the Advancement of Society
  58. Center for the Rule of Law
  59. Center for Women’s Studies
  60. Centre Living Upright
  61. Centre of Modern Skills
  62. CeSID
  63. Chil Rights Centre
  64. Chil Rights Centre Zajecar
  65. CINS
  66. Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA)
  67. Citizens’ Association Institute for Corruption Research, Pancevo
  68. Citizens’ Association AIM Center
  69. City radio
  70. Civic attitude
  71. Civic Council of the City of Kraljevo
  72. Civic Initiatives
  73. Civil action Pancevo
  74. Civil Rights Defenders
  75. CK13
  76. Coalition for Solidarity Economy Development
  77. KC Grad, Belgrade
  78. Coalition PreUgovor
  79. Conceptual Policy Group, Novi Sad
  80. Consultations for lesbians
  81. CRTA
  82. Da se zna!
  83. Daca Jović, activist
  84. Daily Danas
  85. Dajana Đedović, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  86. Dijalog.net Valjevo
  87. Djordje Popović, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  88. Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own
  89. Dr Ljubomir Jacic
  90. Dr Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić, cultural scientist
  91. Dr Milorad Đurić, political scientist
  92. Dr Sonja Avlijaš, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  93. Dragan Srećković
  94. Drug Policy Network in South East Europe
  95. Duga Association
  96. Economics and business forum European Movement in Serbia (EBF)
  97. Educational Center Krusevac
  98. Environment Engineering group
  99. Eurocontact, Krusevac
  100. European Movement in Serbia
  101. European Movement in Serbia – Leskovac
  102. European Movement in Serbia – Sremska Mitrovica
  103. European Movement in Serbia – Valjevo (Slavica and Vladimir Pantić)
  104. European Policy Centre
  105. EU Zone Leskovac
  106. FemPlatz
  107. Forca Požega
  108. Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac
  109. Foundation for Freedom of the Press – Senta
  110. Foundation Pons Nis
  111. Goran Cetinic,  Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  112. Green Network of Vojvodina
  113. Heart Center, Novi Sad
  114. Heartefact Fund
  115. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
  116. Human Rights Committee Negotin
  117. Human Rights Committee Nis
  118. Human Rights Committee Valjevo
  119. Humanitarian Center Mitrovica
  120. Humanitarian Law Center
  121. Igor Mihaljević, journalist
  122. Impulse – Tutin
  123. Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina
  124. Independent cultural scene of Serbia – NKSS
  125. Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS)
  126. Informal association “Za naš kej”, Belgrade
  127. Initiative A11
  128. Initiative for Požega
  129. Info Vranjske .rs
  130. Institute for European Affairs
  131. Integrity Center, Nis
  132. InTER
  133. Internet portal “Media box”, Nis
  134. ISAC Fund
  135. Ivan Medenica, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  136. Ivan Ninić
  137. Ivana Jovanović,  Youth Forum European Movement in Serbia (FM)
  138. Iz kruga – Vojvodina
  139. Izađi group
  140. Jasmina Borojevic
  141. Jasminka Kronja, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  142. Jelena Erdeljan, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  143. Jelena Šantić Foundation
  144. Južne vesti
  145. Kolubara District Women’s Association
  146. Kolubarske.rs
  147. Kragujevac newspapers
  148. Kreni-Promeni Association
  149. KRIK
  150. Libek
  151. Link plus
  152. Local Democracy Agency – LDA, Subotica
  153. Loznica Pact
  154. Majdanpek Resource Center
  155. Marija Babović, SeConS
  156. Media and Reform Center Nis
  157. Media Association
  158. Mesečina Foundation, Subotica
  159. Milan Antonijevic
  160. Milena Dragicevic Sesic, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  161. Milena Stefanovic European Fund for the Balkans
  162. Milivoj Bešlin,  Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  163. MillenniuM
  164. National Coalition for Decentralization
  165. National Convention on the European Union
  166. National Youth Council of Serbia
  167. Nataša Dragojlović, National Convention on the European Union
  168. Nedim Sejdinović, journalist
  169. Nenad Šebek, Media and CSO Consultant
  170. Network of Human Rights Committees in Serbia CHRIS
  171. Network of the European Movement in Serbia
  172. New Social Initiative – NSI
  173. B92 Fund
  174. New Economy
  175. New Media Center kuda.org, Novi Sad
  176. New optimism
  177. Newspaper “Grad”, Kruševac
  178. New Solidarity Network
  179. NGO Aktiv
  180. NGO Center for the Development of Liberalism
  181. NON-ALIGNED FILMS
  182. Non-Smoking Educational Center Association _ RP
  183. Novi Sad Humanitarian Center
  184. Novi Sad Open Club
  185. Novi Sad School of Journalism
  186. Obrenovac Youth Foundation
  187. Online Media Association
  188. Open Society Foundation
  189. Optimist, Bosilegrad
  190. Organization for Respect and Care of Animals – ORCA
  191. Partners Serbia
  192. PATOS, Smederevo
  193. People’s Parliament Leskovac
  194. Peščanik
  195. Podrinje Anti-Corruption Team Pact
  196. ‘Podrinske” Šabac
  197. Policy Center
  198. Portal Kruševacgrad
  199. Portal SEEcult.org
  200. Proaktiv
  201. Dr. Vojin Rakic
  202. Propulsion Fund
  203. Protecta
  204. Radio Sto Plus Novi Pazar
  205. Radio Zlatousti
  206. Ravangrad Citizens’ Association
  207. Reconstruction Women’s Fund
  208. Regional Information Agency JUGpress
  209. Reflector theatre
  210. Re-Kraft
  211. Remark DPCM
  212. RERI
  213. Res Publica Kragujevac
  214. Roma Center Kragujevac
  215. Roma World, Nis
  216. Romani Cikna
  217. Sandzak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms
  218. Sanja Ivačić, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  219. Slavica Milojevic
  220. Slavica Ranisavljev Kovacev, Novi Sad
  221. Slavica Stojanović
  222. Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation
  223. Slobodan Georgiev
  224. Smart collective
  225. Society for Adult Education
  226. Soinfo.org
  227. SOS Women’s Center Novi Sad
  228. Stevan Filipović, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  229. Streets for cyclists, Belgrade
  230. Students for Liberty – Serbia
  231. Tamara Spasojevic
  232. Tanja Jakobi, Economics and business forum European Movement in Serbia (EBF)
  233. Team for the development and integration
  234. The Jedi Movement, Niš
  235. The Lawyers’ Committee For Human Rights (YUCOM)
  236. The movement of the citizens of Novi Sad
  237. Tijana Jurić Foundation
  238. Timok Youth Center – TOC, Zajecar
  239. Trag Foundation
  240. Transparency Serbia
  241. UG Center for Civil Values from Subotica
  242. UG Independent
  243. United Trade Unions of Serbia Sloga
  244. Urban In – Novi Pazar
  245. USOP – Union of Organizations of Serbia dealing with the protection of people living with HIV and AIDS
  246. Uzice Center for Children’s Rights
  247. Uzice Center for Democracy and Human Rights
  248. Vega Youth Center
  249. Vesna Perić
  250. Victimology Society of Serbia
  251. Vladan Jovanović – independent regional consultant in the field of social protection, children’s rights, human and minority rights
  252. Vojislav Arsic
  253. Vojvodina Anti-Fascist Alliance
  254. Vojvodina Civic Center
  255. Vojvodina recommended
  256. Vukašin Obradović
  257. Women for Peace Leskovac
  258. Women in Black
  259. Women’s Association Peščanik Kruševac
  260. Young researchers of Serbia
  261. Youth Empowerment Club 018
  262. Youth Initiative for Human Rights
  263. Zajecar Initiative
  264. Zvezda Center, Belgrade
  265. Zoran Stojiljkovic