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  • Cascade of Frivolous Lawsuits Endangers Top Serbian Investigative Journalism Outlet KRIK

    Three frivolous lawsuits known as SLAPPS have been filed in the past month against OCCRP’s Serbian member center KRIK, making a total of 10 legal actions currently facing the Belgrade-based investigative media outlet. These SLAPPS, short for “strategic lawsuits against public participation,” which are brought against journalists in order to silence them, appear to be part of a coordinated campaign by political powers to weaken KRIK and further quash independent media in the country.

    KRIK-Team-photo-by-Oliver-BunicThe team of journalists at KRIK. Credit: Oliver Bunic (NIN)

  • Suspected Drug Producer Sues KRIK for Calling him ‘Accused Narco Boss’

    The alleged owner of a cannabis farm sued the Serbian investigative portal KRIK for calling him an “accused narco boss,” although the man is currently on trial for growing more than a tonne of the banned weed. Journalist associations said on Wednesday that the lawsuit is aimed to stop KRIK from reporting about the case.

  • Serbia’s Pro-Government Tabloids Again Target Independent KRIK

    Pro-government tabloids in Serbia launched on Friday a smear campaign against independent investigative outlet KRIK after it published transcripts from the prosecutor's questioning of the suspected leader of a brutal criminal group who claimed the country’s President Aleksandar Vucic repeatedly asked him for favors.

  • Court Annuls Verdict in Serbian Drug Lord’s Cocaine Smuggling Case

    Citing procedural errors, Serbia's Supreme Court of Cassation annulled on Tuesday the final ruling against Serbian drug lord Darko Šarić and other cocaine smugglers, and remanded the case to the Court of Appeals.

  • Two OCCRP Member Centers Named In 2021 Sigma Awards

    OCCRP’s Kyrgyzstan-based member center Kloop was among 13 organizations to win a Sigma Award on Wednesday, while OCCRP’s Serbian member center KRIK was one of seven shortlisted for an “outstanding” data journalism project following 545 entries from 267 organizations across 68 countries.

  • Serbian Businessman Sues OCCRP, Journalist Over 2018 Story

    Serbian businessman Stanko Subotić is suing the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, its publisher Drew Sullivan, and Dragana Pećo, a reporter from its Serbian partner KRIK, claiming they are part of a media campaign against him orchestrated by the secret service and the mafia, OCCRP announced Friday.

  • KRIK Faces Pro-Government Tabloid Smear Campaign

    Serbia’s pro-government media launched a coordinated smear campaign against reporters of the investigative outlet KRIK on Tuesday, linking them to a recently arrested crime boss the same reporters investigated and determined to have frequently socialized with the president’s son.

  • OCCRP Condemns State-Affiliated Media Campaign Tying OCCRP Editor to Serbian Crime Gang

    The Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) is deeply concerned by a mounting assault by Serbian tabloid news outlets on our colleague, Stevan Dojčinović, who is both an OCCRP regional editor and the editor in chief of KRIK, a major Serbian news outlet focusing on crime and corruption.

    podrziKRIK graffitiAfter a coordinated campaign by pro-government tabloids to spread false accusations that KRIK had ties to a murderous Serbian gang, readers responded with graffiti using the hashtag #podrziKRIK, or "support KRIK".

  • The US Arrests Mileta Miljanić, the Alleged Leader of ‘Group America’

    U.S. authorities have arrested the alleged leader of a criminal clan known asGroup America, believed to have smuggled tons of cocaine across the world. The gang is known for dismembering enemies with chainsaws, assassinating senior government officials and cooperating with intelligence agencies.

  • Serbian Police Arrest 17 Suspected Members of a Mafia Group

    With the help of Serbia’s Security and Intelligence Agency (BIA), police in Belgrade arrested 17 people suspected of being members of an organized group that committed serious crimes, including kidnappings and murders, Serbian authorities said Thursday.

  • Serbian Appellate Court Upholds Drug Lord’s Sentence

    Ending a decade-long trial, the Court of Appeal in Belgradeconfirmed on Monday the 15-year prison sentence for Serbian drug lordDarko Šarić who headed a gang that smuggled nearly six tonnes of cocaine from South America to Europe.

  • Serbian President Pledges to “Fight the Lies” About His Son

    After reporters again caught his son in company of alleged members of a drug trafficking clan, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić hinted on Friday that journalists were painting a target on his son’s forehead but that he will fight with all the strength he has and “defeat their lies.”

  • KRIK: Serbian President’s Son Again in Company of Mafia Suspects

    Following a tip from a reader, a reporter from OCCRP’s Serbian partnerKRIK managed on Wednesday evening to take a photo of the son of Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić in company with organized crime figures, adding proof to previous allegations about Danilo Vučić’s connections with the underworld.

  • CoE Warns of Serbian Smear Campaign against KRIK Journalists

    Serbian investigative outlet KRIK is facing a public smear campaign from the Serbian state which is trying to discredit parts of an investigation KRIK has published in collaboration with OCCRP earlier in  May on the long and violent history of two organized crime groups from Montenegro, the Council of Europe stated on Monday. 

  • OCCRP Investigation Sparks Uproar Among Serbian Officials

    Reacting to an investigation into criminal gangs, Serbian pro-government tabloids on Wednesday unleashed a barrage of coverage echoing statements from political leaders who accused journalists of targeting the president’s son on behalf of the opposition. 

  • Disastrous Privatization by Influential Serbian Minister Goes Uninvestigated

    Nenad Popovic, a nationalist Serbian minister known for his ties to the Kremlin, took part in a dubious privatization that drove a major electrical transformer manufacturer into bankruptcy. Years later, no charges have been filed.

    Nenad-Popovic

  • Serbian Businessman With Organized Crime Ties to Profit Big in Airport Deal

    Stanko Subotic, a businessman twice indicted for cigarette smuggling and known for his links to an alleged drug lord, is set to make millions from the expansion of Belgrade's airport.

    Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport. (Photo: KRIK)Belgrade’s Nikola Tesla airport. (Photo: KRIK)

  • Serbia: Informer Fined for Smearing OCCRP Editor

    A Belgrade court ordered the owner of the Serbian daily ‘Informer’ to pay 80,000 Dinars (US$ 835) to the chief editor of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, OCCRP, for tarnishing his honor in an article from March 2016.

  • A weekend in Rome with Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali

    Belgrade Mayor Sinisa Mali is living a life of luxury, flying business class and staying in sumptuous hotels. How he can afford it on his official salary is anyone’s guess.

    Sinisa Mali, the current (and likely future) mayor of Belgrade, appears to have had a lucrative time in office. Photo by OCCRP. Some rights reserved.Sinisa Mali, the current (and likely future) mayor of Belgrade, appears to have had a lucrative time in office. Photo by OCCRP. Some rights reserved.

  • Vice President of Serbian Parliament has “Car Mafia” P.I. as Business Associate

    The story begins with a stolen car. It ends -- according to a new investigation by KRIK, an OCCRP partner -- with a connection to Vladimir Marinkovic, a senior legislator and vice president of the Serbian National Assembly.

    KRIK reporter Dragana Peco speaks with V.B., a victim of the “stolen car ‘finders,’” who did not want his identity revealed for fear of retribution. (Photo: KRIK)KRIK reporter Dragana Peco speaks with V.B., a victim of the “stolen car ‘finders,’” who did not want his identity revealed for fear of retribution. (Photo: KRIK)

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