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Government of Serbia demands access to bank records of journalists and CSOse

Christian Fernsby ▼ | July 29, 2020
The Administration for the Prevention of Money Laundering of Serbian Ministry of Finance has drawn up a list of media employees and civil society organisations, including media associations, whose bank records it wants to thoroughly check.
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According to the report, the Administration is demanding access to the bank records over the past year to determine whether the CSOs and individuals are connected to money laundering or operations to finance terrorism.

Topics: Serbia journalists

It is noticeable that this list includes the names of many individuals and organizations that openly criticise the government.

The CSOs on the list have almost exclusively been advocating Serbia’s accession to the EU and implementation of relevant reforms.

Among the organisations are the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia (NUNS), Journalists’ Association of Serbia (UNS), Center for Investigative Journalism (CINS), Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCBP), Civic Initiatives (GI), European Movement in Serbia, Lawyers Committee of Human Rights (YUCOM), Humanitarian Law Center, Youth Initiative for Human Rights (YIHR) and others.