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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...
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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...

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. Alternative Girls' Center

4. Amb. Dr Srećko Djukić, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)

5. Andja Jocic

6. Anja Andjusic, FM

7. AS – Center for Empowerment of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS

8. Association "Kutija", Nis

9. Association Fenomena

10. Association of Citizens "NE-BO", Negotin

11. Association of Independent Electronic Media – ANEM

12. Association of parents and children Brodić Parkić

13. Association Stara planina Pirot

14. Association Voice of Citizens of Šumadija, Kragujevac

15. Associations Film Club Prokuplje

16. ASTRA - Anti Trafficking Action

17. Autonomous Women's Center

18. Becej Youth Association

19. BeFem

20. Belgrade Center for Human Rights

21. Belgrade Center for Security Policy

22. Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence

23. Belgrade Open School

24. Beta News agency

25. BIRN

26. BIRODI

27. Boom93

28. Borivoj Stajić

29. Branko Vuckovic, a journalist from Kragujevac

30. Business Association of Local and Independent Media Association "Lokal Press"

31. CANVAS

32. Catalyst Balkans Foundation

33. Center for Democracy and Development of Southern Serbia

34. Center for Democracy Foundation

35. Center for Development of Serbia

36. Center for Independent Living of Persons with Disabilities in Serbia

37. Center for Local Media Development

38. Center for moms, Belgrade

39. Center for Nonviolent Action

40. Center for Policy Research

41. Center for Policy Research Argument

42. Center for Protection, Education and Empowerment of Refugees Info Park

43. Center for Regionalism Novi Sad

44. Center for Social Policy, Belgrade

45. Center for the Advancement of Society

46. Center for Women's Studies

47. Centre Living Upright

48. Centre of Modern Skills

49. CeSID

50. Chil Rights Centre

51. CINS

52. Citizens Association for Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and All Forms of Gender-Based Violence (ATINA)

53. Citizens' Association Institute for Corruption Research, Pancevo

54. Citizens' Association AIM Center

55. City radio

56. Civic attitude

57. Civic Council of the City of Kraljevo

58. Civic Initiatives

59. Civil action Pancevo

60. Civil Rights Defenders

61. CK13

62. Coalition for Solidarity Economy Development

63. KC Grad, Belgrade

64. Coalition PreUgovor

65. Conceptual Policy Group, Novi Sad

66. Consultations for lesbians

67. CRTA

68. Da se zna!

69. Daca Jović, activist

70. Daily Danas

71. Dajana Đedović, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)

72. Dijalog.net Valjevo

73. Djordje Popović, FMO

74. Don't let Belgrade d(r)own

75. Dr Ljubomir Jacic

76. Dr Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić, cultural scientist

77. Dr Milorad Đurić, political scientist

78. Dr Sonja Avlijaš, FzK

79. Dragan Srećković

80. Drug Policy Network in South East Europe

81. Duga Association

82. Educational Center Krusevac

83. Environment Engineering group

84. Eurocontact, Krusevac

85. European Movement in Serbia

86. European Movement in Serbia Leskovac

87. European Movement Valjevo (Slavica and Vladimir Pantić)

88. European Policy Centre

89. FemPlatz

90. Forca Požega

91. Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac

92. Foundation for Freedom of the Press – Senta

93. Foundation Pons Nis

94. Goran Cetinic, FMO member

95. Heart Center, Novi Sad

96. Heartefact Fund

97. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

98. Human Rights Committee Negotin

99. Human Rights Committee Nis

100. Human Rights Committee Valjevo

101. Humanitarian Center Mitrovica

102. Humanitarian Law Center

103. Impulse – Tutin

104. Independent Association of Journalists of Vojvodina

105. Independent cultural scene of Serbia - NKSS

106. Independent Journalists' Association of Serbia (NUNS)

107. Informal association "Za naš kej", Belgrade

108. Initiative A11

109. Initiative for Požega

110. Institute for European Affairs

111. Integrity Center, Nis

112. InTER

113. Internet portal "Media box", Nis

114. ISAC Fund

115. Ivan Medenica, FzK

116. Ivana Jovanović, European Youth Movement Forum in Serbia (FM)

117. Iz kruga - Vojvodina

118. Izađi group

119. Jasmina Borojevic

120. Jelena Erdeljan FzK

121. Jelena Šantić Foundation

122. Južne vesti

123. Kolubara District Women's Association

124. Kolubarske.rs

125. Kragujevac newspapers

126. Kreni-Promeni Association

127. KRIK

128. Libek

129. Link plus

130. Loznica Pact

131. Majdanpek Resource Center

132. Media and Reform Center Nis

133. Media Association

134. Mesečina Foundation, Subotica

135. Milan Antonijevic

136. Milena Dragicevic Sesic (FzK)

137. Milena Stefanovic European Fund for the Balkans

138. Milivoj Bešlin, FMO

139. MillenniuM

140. National Coalition for Decentralization

141. National Convention on the European Union

142. National Youth Council of Serbia

143. Nedim Sejdinović, journalist

144. Nenad Šebek, Media and CSO Consultant

145. Network of Human Rights Committees in Serbia CHRIS

146. Network of the European Movement in Serbia

147. B92 Fund 148. New Economy

149. New Media Center kuda.org, Novi Sad

150. New optimism

151. New Solidarity Network

152. NGO Aktiv

153. NGO Center for the Development of Liberalism

154. NON-ALIGNED FILMS

155. Non-Smoking Educational Center Association _ RP 156. Novi Sad Humanitarian Center

157. Novi Sad Open Club

158. Novi Sad School of Journalism

159. Obrenovac Youth Foundation

160. Online Media Association

161. Open Society Foundation

162. Optimist, Bosilegrad

163. Partners Serbia

164. PATOS, Smederevo

165. People's Parliament Leskovac

166. Peščanik

167. Podrinje Anti-Corruption Team Pact

168. Policy Center 169. Portal SEEcult.org

170. Proaktiv

171. Prof. Dr. Vojin Rakic

172. Propulsion Fund

173. Protecta

174. Radio Sto Plus Novi Pazar

175. Radio Zlatousti

176. Ravangrad Citizens' Association

177. Reconstruction Women's Fund

178. Regional Information Agency JUGpress

179. Re-Kraft

180. Remark DPCM

181. RERI

182. Res Publica Kragujevac

183. Roma Center Kragujevac

184. Roma World, Nis

185. Romani Cikna

186. Sandzak Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms

187. Sanja Ivačić, FMO

188. Slavica Milojevic

189. Slavica Ranisavljev Kovacev, Novi Sad

190. Slavica Stojanović

191. Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation

192. Slobodan Georgiev

193. Smart collective

194. Society for Adult Education

195. Soinfo.org

196. SOS Women's Center Novi Sad

197. Streets for cyclists, Belgrade

198. Students for Liberty – Serbia

199. Tamara Spasojevic

200. The Lawyers' Committee For Human Rights (YUCOM)

201. The movement of the citizens of Novi Sad

202. Tijana Jurić Foundation

203. Timok Youth Center – TOC, Zajecar

204. Trag Foundation

205. Transparency Serbia 206. UG Center for Civil Values from Subotica

207. United Trade Unions of Serbia Sloga

208. Urban In – Novi Pazar

209. Uzice Center for Children's Rights

210. Uzice Center for Democracy and Human Rights

211. Vesna Perić 212. Victimology Society of Serbia

213. Vladan Jovanović - independent regional consultant in the field of social protection, children's rights, human and minority rights

214. Vojvodina Civic Center

215. Vojvodina recommended

216. Vukašin Obradović

217. Women for Peace Leskovac

218. Women in Black

219. Women's Association Peščanik Kruševac

220. Young researchers of Serbia

221. Youth Empowerment Club 018

222. Youth Initiative for Human Rights

223. Zajecar Initiative

224. Zvezda Center, Belgrade