2011-11-03

BELGRADE - During the Southeast Europe Media Forum in Belgrade a team supported by Journalismfund.eu received a special investigative journalism diploma.

Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga from Slovenia spent several years working on a trilogy of books about illegal arms trade during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. Even before the third and last book of the trilogy is published, the team has been awarded for their work.

During the Southeast Europe Media Forum organised by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the Central European Initiative (CEI) in Belgrade the team was awarded a special investigative journalism diploma.

The jury praised their research and granted the diploma for “their investigative work on arms trade in Slovenia in 1990, based on consistent research of the arms dealings, supported by numerous documents and verified by credible sources as well as on a cross- border investigative cooperation, which is an added value to the whole story.”

The Slovene team cooperated with Sasa Lekovic from Croatia and Ecad Hecimovic from Bosnia-Herzegovina, who published individually in their own countries.

Journalismfund.eu supported the Slovenian team, while the part of the team that was working outside EU countries received support by Scoop, a Danish support structure covering the non-EU Balkan countries.

Read more about the stories and the research by the award winning team and their partners in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia on Journalismfund.eu and on Euobserver.

Nick Mathiason

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