Novi Sad School of Journalism (NSSJ) is a civil society organization that is dedicated to the development and professionalization of the media scene in Serbia and the region, which respects the values of truth, knowledge and critical approaches in a multilingual, multicultural and multinational environment and fosters a moderate and tolerant dialogue.
The Novi Sad School of Journalism exists from 1996, but is founded as a civil society organization in 1998.
Project activities of the organization are focused on: increasing the professional capacities in the media sector; monitoring and analysis of media content; education of the various target groups about media literacy and advocacy that will contribute to the democratization and development of civil society and the promotion of European values.
For all of these activities NSSJ offers knowledge and skills that promote the communication, which exclude ethnic, religious, sexual, or racial discrimination.
NSSJ has established excellent cooperation with many local, provincial, national and foreign media, educational institutions, and both governmental and non-governmental organizations.
Novi Sad School of Journalism is one of the founders of the SEENPM network -South Eastern European Network for Professionalization of Media.
NSSJ is also one of the founders of Media Initiatives, an international consortium founded in 2005, which brings together media experts and activists from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.
Since April 2014 NSSJ has officially become a member of the International Association of Media and Learning – MEDEA for media literacy.
Belgrade Centre for Security Policy (BCSP) is an independent think-tank founded in 1997 and dedicated to advancing security of the citizens and society on the basis of democratic principles and respect for human rights.
In the focus of the BCSP’s interest are all policies aimed at the improvement of human, national, regional, European, and global security.
BCSP supports consolidation of security sector reform and integration of Western Balkan countries into the Euro Atlantic community through:
- analysis and policy recommendations
- expert support to reforms, and
- networking of all relevant actors
Specifically, BCSP probes into the dynamics and achievements of reform of Serbia’s state apparatus of force, as well as problems of placing this sector under democratic civilian control and oversight.
Many of the Centre’s activities are directed at research, and concerned with raising the stakeholders’ awareness of the needs and prospects for integrating Serbia in the processes of regional and global security cooperation.
Media Center was founded by the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia in 1994, as the only multimedia organization to provide wide-ranging media services covering the South East Europe region.
Media Center offers superior and most appropriate solutions for media and public breakthrough.
In a very short period of time, Media Center has managed to build an image of the only place where all events of public interest may be presented efficiently and professionally.
With its competent staff and extensive experience, Media Center offers the right path to successful presentations, promotions and campaigns to all its clients.
Since its founding on July 4th, 2005. Media and Reform Center Nis (MRCN) takes on the important task – to support the work and visibility of the activities of civil society organizations, as well as strengthening the professionalism of the media for reporting on specific topics contribute to the development of civil society in the territory of southern Serbia.
MRCN is a non-profit and non-partisan organization with their work and activities primarily in Nis and southern Serbia.
In addition to local civil society organizations and the media, MRCN actively cooperates with the local government, representatives of the academic community, with the aim of promoting the participation of citizens in decision-making and a greater importance of civil society at the regional level.
In its work, MRCN stands for freedom of speech and thought; promotion of the rights of minorities; tolerance of different groups in society; promoting the values of an open and democratic society; promoting the values of the European Union in Serbia, including support for the translation of legal documents of the EU and their compliance with local regulations.
SHARE Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 2012, with the goal to fight for the public interest in every critical battle affecting digital rights, in the areas of privacy, free speech, government transparency and efficiency, surveillance and human rights.
SHARE Foundation is dedicated to protecting the rights of Internet citizens and promoting positive values of openness, decentralization, free access and exchange of knowledge, information and technology.
The SHARE Foundation believes that the Internet and digital media will be fundamental for achieving democratic change in society as a tool for improvement of government accountability and transparency, and socioeconomic empowerment of citizens.
The activities of SHARE Foundation are supported by cooperation and friendship with a wide network of various institutions, individuals and organizations.
The work of SHARE Foundation is based on two main components:
CSO Serbia on the Move was founded on July 4th, 2009 with the mission of empowering, motivating and encouraging individuals to be proactive and solidary in creating a more quality life in Serbia.
Serbia on the Move team comes from different social spheres, and among them there are political scientists, doctors, economists, lawyers, social scientists.
To build a strong and responsible civil society by motivating individuals to take an active part in creating changes that will improve their lives.
How they do it?
House for Human Rights and Democracy is committed to building democratic and open society based on the respect of human rights and the rule of law.
Similar organizations that through mutual cooperation and joint activities affect the radical social changes in the area of human rights, monitor daily social situations, timely and appropriate react to violations of human rights and thus constantly contribute to further democratization of society.
Human Rights House educate citizens about human rights and how to exercise these rights, advocating specific statutory provisions and their implementation in the field of human rights and democratization, and monitors the work of state institutions in these areas.
In order to achieve outlined vision of society, House of Human Rights and Democracy in particular works towards the following objectives:
- Implementation of the principle of respect for human rights in all spheres of social life in Serbia, on the basis of relevant national and international standards;
- Raising awareness of the importance of respect for human rights;
- Representation of victims of human rights violations in strategic cases and improvement of judiciar practice in the field of human rights;
- Documenting the situation of human rights in order to monitor progress in this area and to create a collective memory based on dealing with human rights violations in the recent past;
- Building a democratic society based on the rule of law through advocacy to strengthen the legal and institutional framework and to increase citizen participation in all spheres of social life.In order to accomplish these goals, members of the Human Rights and Democracy coordinate their activities, each of which contributes its expertise and previous experience in the implementation of joint projects.
- Cooperation and networking
- TransparencyWeb: http://en.kucaljudskihprava.rs/
Law Scanner is non-governmental organization whose main objective is protection of citizens’ rights in terms of health and social policy. One of the most important reasons for establishing Law Scanner was nonexistence of organization in Serbia directly dealing with protection of citizens’ rights in terms of health (Patient Rights).
Law Scanner is represented by people who have recognized the need to establish an organization that would actively engage in this issue. Entire team of the organization has a long experience in NGO sector, fighting for human rights.
The main goal of Law Scanner is to protect patients from medical errors, doctors’ mistakes and to increase responsibility of doctors in carrying out their activities. Indicator of poor patient protection is the lack of case law. Although the Criminal Code incriminates certain acts against health, citizens of Serbia do not have confidence in courts, nor courage to engage in conflict with doctors.
In line with its goals, Law Scanner will provide legal aid to citizens when their rights, as patients, are violated.
Regarding social policy, Law Scanner protects social rights of citizens. Social care system includes economic, political, legal measures and activities to prevent possible individual and group social problems. Every citizen has social rights despite of his age, gender, ethnicity or religious affiliation.
According to organisation goals Law Scanner considers segments of social care from viewpoint of law and social policy. Law Scanner will point out problems in our community related to social care, will actively participate in building stable social system and will propose solutions for identified problems.
As there are no human rights that could be determined as more or less important, Law Scanner will support and participate in every initiative for human rights protection.
Crime and Corruption Reporting Network (KRIK) is a non-profit organization established to improve the investigative journalism in Serbia. The organization was founded by a team of journalists who for years has been engaged in exposing crime and corruption, and who have received many awards for their work.
KRIK is part of the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an international non-profit organization that is a consortium of non-profit investigative centers and for profit independent media in twenty countries around the world, from the Balkans and Eastern Europe to Central Asia. Organizations that helped development of KRIK so far are OCCRP, The National Endowment for Democracy (NED), Open Society Foundations (OSF), Rockefeller Brothers Fund (RBF), Civil Right Defenders (CRD) and Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS).
The focus of KRIK work is revealing organized crime and corruption that permeates all levels of society. Goal is to help readers to better understand how crime and corruption affect their lives. KRIK seeks to provide in-depth investigative stories, as well as the latest news in this field. Moreover, KRIK is building an online database of documents, which is a valuable resource for journalists and the public. As a member of OCCRP, KRIK is involved in cross-border research projects.
Transparency Serbia is a part of the network of Transparency International organization branches and, at the same time, a local non-government organization, registered in accordance with regulations of Republic of Serbia. Transparency Serbia had been founded and commenced its work in the period following the regime change in Serbia, when the prerequisites were met for an all-encompassing struggle against corruption to begin through institutional and system reforms.
Transparency Serbia has been recognized in domestic and international public, by state bodies, economy, media, experts, professional associations and citizens, as one of the most competent organizations in the country as far as anticorruption policies are concerned.
In view of the old existing problems and new opportunities for the struggle against corruption in Serbia to begin in a way that would yield more results, Transparency Serbia opted to carry out the process of strategic planning and to pass this Strategic Framework through which it defines goals and directions of its activities in the period of 2010 – 2015, bearing in mind the general guidelines established by strategic framework of Transparency International global network and results of implementation of previous 2005-2010 Strategic Framework.
Serbia, as a country in which corruption is reduced to a level that does not significantly jeopardize realization of public interests, business relations, political life of the country, rule of law, developing healthy ethical and cultural values of society, health, security and welfare of citizens and assuming a desired position in European and global community of peoples – transformation of corruption infested society into society in which corruption does not exist.
An effort towards creating an environment for changing social climate, as well as creating necessary legal and institutional prerequisites to make the struggle against corruption in Serbia be lead in a best possible way and for the outcome of this struggle to be successful – for the society infested by corruption to be transformed into one in which corruption does not exist.