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Belgrade Journalist Wins Award For Exposé On Serbian Ultranationalists

NUNS Investigative Journalism Award

NUNS Investigative Journalism Award

Milos Teodorovic, a broadcaster with RFE/RL's Balkan Service, was recently honored for his investigative reports on an ultranationalist group's operations on the border between Serbia and majority-Serb northern Kosovo.

The award was given on May 3, World Press Freedom Day, by the Independent Association of Journalists of Serbia (NUNS) and the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. U.S. Ambassador to Serbia Mary Warlick congratulated Teodorovic, and a statement from the awarding jury praised his investigation of the Serbian nationalist "1389" group and their activities in northern Kosovo.

"While many wondered who was setting fires and destroying border installations in northern Kosovo, [Teodorovic's report] reveal[ed] that organized cells of [1389] were based in houses on the Kosovo-Serbia border," the jury said. "He managed to get access to them, talk to their representative, and reveal several important facts about their activities."

Teodorovic, who has won several awards for his reporting on the rise of extreme right-wing groups, said he was pleased to be recognized for this story because it "targeted the system of values inherited from the Balkan wars of the 1990s, which is still very present in Serbian society."