Dan (newspaper)

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Dan
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Type Daily newspaper
Format Berliner
Owner(s) Jumedia Mont d.o.o
Editor Mladen Milutinović (acting)
Founded December 31, 1998
Political alignment Serbian–Montenegrin unionism
Language Serbian
Headquarters 13. jula bb,
81000 Podgorica,
Montenegro
ISSN 1450-7943
Official website www.dan.co.me

Dan (English: The Day; Serbian Cyrillic: Дан) is a daily newspaper published in Montenegro. Its first issue appeared on December 31, 1998. It took its name from the old day Cetinje monthly newspaper that was published in the old Montenegrin state at the beginning of the 20th century. It now holds the second place after Vijesti with a share of an estimated 31,6% of the country's total readers.[1]

Right from its start, Dan was one of the harshest critics of Milo Đukanović's regime in Montenegro. In May 2001, as Croatian magazine Nacional) began a series of articles and insider interviews on state-sponsored cigarette smuggling in Montenegro under Djukanovic's regime, Dan was the only media outlet in the country to bring the details of the 'Nacional affair' to the Montenegrin public.

At around 11:45pm on May 27, 2004 Dan founder and editor-in-chief Duško Jovanović was assassinated on a Podgorica street in front of the paper's offices. Even though a prolonged police investigation produced a couple of arrests, along with an immediate assassin-suspect currently on trial, the individuals behind the murder have still not been identified. It is alleged that the DPS-controlled government both sponsored and covered up the event.

Furthermore, on July 11, 2005, an unidentified male left an explosive device in front of the paper's Podgorica offices. However it did not detonate.[2]

On June 3, 2006, Montenegrin state prosecutor Vesna Medenica decided to press charges against Dan columnist Dragan Rosandić due to the first post-referendum text in his regular column. The charge claims that through his piece Prokleta avlija, Rosandić "exposed to ridicule the peoples, national and ethnic groups of Montenegro that voted for Montenegrin independence".[3] The charges were later dropped as unfounded.

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