Brankica Stanković

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Brankica Stanković
Brankica Stanković
Stanković at the 2009 Jug Grizelj Award ceremony in January 2010.
Native name Бранкица Станковић
Born October 1975 (age 38)
Belgrade, SFR Yugoslavia
Nationality Serbian
Occupation journalist
Years active 1996—
Employer B92
Known for Insajder

Brankica Stanković (Serbian Cyrillic: Бранкица Станковић; born October 1975 in Belgrade) is a prominent Serbian investigative journalist reporting on topics of crime and political corruption in Serbia. She is the main author of a television program Insajder (Serbian for "Insider") broadcast on B92 television since 2004. Her reports led to much controversy, and she routinely receives death threats. For that reason, she has been placed under 24 hours police protection since December 2009.[1]

Early career[edit]

Stanković was born in Belgrade, Serbia (then SFR Yugoslavia) in October 1975.[2] After high school graduation, she enrolled a private acting scholl, but quit after two years.[2] She began her career as a journalist for radio and television company RTV Studio B in 1996, where she spent a year.[2]

In 1997 she switched to Radio B92, where she has been working ever since.[2] During the 1990s, B92 was a prominent pro-democracy news broadcasting company, opposed to the corrupt regime of then-president Slobodan Milošević.[3] During her early career, she was the editor of B92 radio news programming, and was one of the authors of weekly programs Jutopija and Apatrija.[2] She also worked as a foreign correspondent for Sveriges Radio and German Westdeutscher Rundfunk.[2]

Insajder[edit]

In 2004, B92 television launched a program called Insajder (Insider) with Stanković as a chief author. It is an investigative TV program whose aim is to expose political corruption and political crime in Serbia. Since 2004, nineteen seasons of Insajder were broadcast, two each year, with each season containing between two and nine episodes, 82 episodes in total (as of October 2013).[4] The first season of Insajder was about the political aspects of the assassination of Zoran Đinđić.[5] While working on this topic, the Insajder crew find out that after Milorad Ulemek, Đinđić's assassin, was arrested, he was not taken to the police custody, but to the office of then Minister of Internal Affairs Dragan Jočić.[5] Later episodes investigated such topics as: the Customs Mafia case, high-profile cigarette smuggling, and secret transfers of state money to Cyprus.[5] This led to the arrest of former Director of Customs Bureau Mihalj Kertes.[5] Other episodes investigated corruption in RB Kolubara, links between politicians and football hooligans and other extremist groups, corruption with privatization of state-owned companies, corruption in RTB Bor[2] and many other major cases of political corruption and crime.[4]

After reporting on the criminal records of many football hooligan leaders and their links with mafia and politicians in 2009, Stanković received multiple death threats from hooligans.[6][7] The most notable such incident occurred on 16 December 2009 during the UEFA Europa League football game between FK Partizan and FC Shakhtar Donetsk when a group of hooligans supporting FK Partizan stabbed with knifes an inflatable doll representing Stanković. During the incident, hooligans chanted "You're like a serpent, you'll follow Ćuruvija, Brankica the whore"[5] thus invoking the death of Slavko Ćuruvija,[7] another prominent investigative journalist who was assassinated in 1999. Belgrade Appellate court sentenced three hooligans to suspended sentences of 10 to 12 months in October 2013 for making death treats to Stanković.[8] Miloš Radosavljević Kimi, the leader of the "Alkatraz" hooligan group was separately sentenced to 16 months in prison in 2010.[9][10]

In 2014, she was awarded the Courage in Journalism Award given by International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF).[11]

Book[edit]

In 2013, B92 published Stanković's autobiographic book titled "Insajder: My Story". (Serbian: "Insajder, moja priča").[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EKSKLUZIVNO Brankica Stanković govorila je dok je Srbija šutjela... I zato je već 1416 dana pod policijskom zaštitom ("Exclusive: Brankica Srankovic Spoke While Serbia Was Wuite... and That Is Why She's Been Under Police Protection for 1416 Days". http://www.jutarnji.hr/ (in Croatian). Jutarnji list. 20 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Brankica Stanković profile on B92 official site
  3. ^ Mitchell, Laurence (2013). Serbia 4, Bradt Travel Guide Series. Chalfont St Peter: Bradt Travel Guides. p. 90. ISBN 9781841624631. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Insajder archives on B92 official site. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
  5. ^ a b c d e Munjin, Bojan (31 December 2009). "Brankica Stanković, novinarka ("Brankica Stanković, journalist")". http://www.novossti.com/ (in Serbian). Samostalni srpski tjednik/nedeljnik Novosti. Retrieved 8 October 2013. 
  6. ^ "Pretnje smrću Brankici Stanković (Death Threats to Brankica Stanković)". http://www.e-novine.com/ (in Serbian). e-novine. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Navijači "Alkatraza" prete smrću ("Alcatraz" Fans Make Death Treats)". http://www.b92.net/ (in Serbian). B92. 17 December 2009. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Условне казне за претње Бранкици Станковић (Suspended Sentences for Threats to Brankica Stanković)". http://www.rts.rs// (in Serbian). Radio Television of Serbia. 8 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  9. ^ "Prva presuda zbog pretnji Brankici (First Sentence for Treats to Brankica)". http://www.b92.net/ (in Serbian). B92. 4 August 2010. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "HRABRO LICE SRPSKOG NOVINARSTVA: 16 mjeseci zatvora za prijetnje Brankici Stanković (THE BRAVE HEART OF SERBIAN JOURNALISM: 16 Months in Prison for Threats to Brankica Stanković)". http://www.slobodna-bosna.ba/ (in Bosnian). Slobodna Bosna. 13 June 2012. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "2014 Awardees". IWMF. Retrieved 2014-06-30. 
  12. ^ "Brankica Stanković: "Insajder, moja priča"". http://www.b92.net/ (in Serbian). B92. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013.