Civil society and the 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.


  1. A1 Novi Pazar
  2. Academy of Women’s Leadership
  3. Dr Srećko Djukić, Forum for International Relations of the European Movement in Serbia (FMO)
  4. Anja Anđušić, FM
  5. AS – Center for Empowerment of Young People Living with HIV and AIDS
  6. Association of Independent Electronic Media – ANEM
  7. Association of online media
  8. ASTRA, Belgrade
  9. Autonomous Women’s Center
  10. BeFem
  11. Belgrade Open School
  12. Belgrade Center for Security Policy
  13. Belgrade Center for Human Rights
  14. Belgrade Fund for Political Excellence
  15. BIRN
  16. BIRODI
  17. Boom93
  18. CANVAS
  19. Center for Democracy and Development of Southern Serbia
  20. European Policy Center
  21. Center for Nonviolent Action
  22. Center for practical politics
  23. Center for Local Media Development
  24. Center for Regionalism Novi Sad
  25. Center for the Advancement of Society
  26. Center for Women’s Studies
  27. CINS
  28. City radio
  29. Civil Rights Defenders
  30. CK13
  31. CRTA
  32. Daca Jović, activist
  33. Dajana Đedović, Forum for Culture of the European Movement in Serbia (FzK)
  34. Danas
  35. Valjevo
  36. Đorđe Popović, FMO
  37. Dr Aleksandra Bosnić Đurić, cultural scientist
  38. Dr Milorad Đurić, political scientist
  39. Dr Sonja Avlijaš, FzK
  40. Dragan Srećković
  41. Society for adult education
  42. European Movement in Serbia
  43. European Movement Valjevo (Slavica and Vladimir Pantić)
  44. Network of the European Movement in Serbia
  45.  B92 Fund
  46. Humanitarian Rights Fund
  47. Foundation Ana and Vlade Divac
  48. Foundation Catalyst Balkans
  49. Foundation Pons Niš
  50. Foundation Propulsion fund
  51. Foundation for Freedom of the Press – Senta
  52. Goran Cetinic, member of the FMO
  53. Civic initiatives
  54. Civic attitude
  55. Hartefakt Fund
  56. Helsinki Committee for Human Rights
  57. Humanitarian center Mitrovica
  58. Impuls – Tutin
  59. A11 Initiative
  60. Youth Initiative for Human Rights
  61. Institute for European Affairs
  62. InTER
  63. Internet portal Media box, Niš
  64. Transparency Serbia 
  65. ISAC Fund
  66. Ivana Jovanović, European Youth Movement Forum in Serbia (FM)
  67. Južne vesti
  68. Coalition PreUgovor
  70. Lawyers’ Committee For Human Rights – YUCOM
  71. Consultations for lesbians
  72. KRIK
  73. Libek
  74. Link plus
  75. Local press
  76. Milivoj Bešlin, FMO
  77. MillenniuM
  78. New Solidarity Network
  79. Network of Human Rights Committees in Serbia CHRIS
  80. Don’t let Belgrade d(r)own
  81. Nedim Sejdinović, journalist
  82. Nenad Šebek, media and CSO consultant
  83. Independent Journalists’ Association of Vojvodina
  85. New Economy
  86. New optimism
  87. Novi Sad School of Journalism
  88. Novi Sad Humanitarian Center
  89. NUNS
  90. NGO Aktiv
  91. Human Rights Committee Negotin
  92. Human Rights Committee Niš
  93. PATOS, Smederevo
  94. Podrinjski Anti-Corruption Team Pact
  95. Proaktiv
  96. Protecta
  97. Radio Zlatousti
  98. Regional Information Agency JUGpress
  99. Reconstruction Women's Fund
  100. Re-Kraft
  101. Remark DPCM
  102. Res Publica Kragujevac
  103. Sandžački Committee for the Protection of Human Rights and Freedoms
  104. Sanja Ivačić, FMO
  105. Slavica Stojanović
  106. Slavko Ćuruvija Foundation
  107. Slobodan Georgiev
  108. Smart kolektiv
  109. Students for Liberty – Serbia
  110. Timok Youth Center – TOC, Zaječar
  111. Trag Foundation
  112. Association Kutija, Niš
  113. Association Fenomena
  114. Citizens Association AIM Centar
  115. Citizens Association for combating human trafficking and all forms of violence against women “Atina”
  116. Citizens Association ”NE-BO”, Negotin
  117. Pakt Loznica
  118. Bečej Youth Association
  119. Women's Association Peščanik Kruševac
  120. Center for civil values from Subotica
  121. Urban In – Novi Pazar
  122. Victimology society of Serbia
  123. Vojvodina recommended
  124. Vojvodina Civic Center
  125. Vukašin Obradović
  126. Zaječar Initiative
  127. Women in Black
  128. Women for Peace Leskovac