Veran Matić

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Veran Matić
Veran Matić, novembar 2011.JPG
Matić in November 2011.
Born 1962
Šabac, PR Serbia, FPR Yugoslavia
Residence Belgrade, Serbia
Nationality Serbian
Alma mater University of Belgrade
Occupation CEO of B92
Organization B92
Awards CPJ International Press Freedom Award (1993)
World Press Freedom Hero (2000)
Legion of Honour (2009)

Veran Matić (Serbian Cyrillic Веран Матић; born in 1962 in Šabac, Yugoslavia[1]) is the Chief Executive Officer of B92, a Belgrade radio station described in 2000 by BBC News as the "pioneer of independent Yugoslav broadcasting".[2]

In 1993, he was awarded a CPJ International Press Freedom Award by the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists, and in 2000, the Austria-based International Press Institute named him one of its fifty World Press Freedom Heroes of the last fifty years.

Career[edit]

Matić graduated from the University of Belgrade with a degree in world literature. He first became involved in independent youth media in 1984, and in May 1989, co-founded the independent radio station B92 with Sasa Mirkovic.[1][2] The station broadcast a mix of music and current affairs coverage, particularly criticism of President Slobodan Milosevic.[2] The Yugoslav government took various actions to hinder or ban the station from broadcasting, described by BBC News as "ranging from jamming, technical problems or the allocation of frequencies".[3] In November 1996, B92 was briefly banned from broadcasting, but responded by making its audio available through the Internet.[3]

Though an opponent of the Slobodan Milošević government, Matić also opposed the 1999 NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. In late March, he published a statement on B92's website titled "Bombing the Baby with the Bath Water", in which he stated that "Nato is fulfilling its own prophecy of doom: each missile that hits the ground exacerbates the humanitarian disaster that Nato is supposed to be preventing."[4] The Milosevic government banned the station from broadcasting for a few hours later in the same week, stating that its transmission strength had exceeded the permitted level. Matić was taken in for questioning, while B92 staff were ordered not to use their phones or computers.[3] B92 staff responded that "The real reason they had to shut us down is because we were informing people about what is going on", and the station continued to broadcast live via satellite and internet, defying written government orders.[3]

On 2 April, station management was transferred to Milosevic's Socialist Party of Serbia by a Belgrade court. When B92 journalists refused to cooperate with the new management, they were fired. Matić began a new independent station under the name B2-92.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Matić won the CPJ International Press Freedom Award of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists in 1993.[5] Five years later, he was selected along with Senad Pecanin and Victor Ivancic to receive the Olof Palme Prize on behalf of "Independent media in former Yugoslavia".[6]

In 2000, the International Press Institute selected Matić as one of fifty World Press Freedom Heroes of the previous fifty years. The award citation praised him and the B92 staff for having been able to "provide an accurate, impartial view of the tragic events occurring in their region while standing up to constant pressure from the Serbian authorities".[1] The French government awarded him its Legion of Honour in 2009, calling him a "humanist, an outstanding journalist and a fighter for the freedom of the press".[7]

In 2011, readers of the Serbian magazine Hello named Matić the "most humane celebrity" of the year for his work with the B92 Fund. In the past year, the fund had supported several soup kitchens and advocated for incubators in Serbian hospitals, a campaign it called "Battle for the Babies".[8]

In November 2012, Veran Matic won the Press Vitez Lifetime Achievement Award for his great contribution to the development of television and investigative reporting in Serbia. [9]

In December 2012, the Serbian Association of Managers awarded Matić as best manager, in part for his involvement in the humanitarian project Battle for Babies.[10] In the same month, Matić won the UEPS Dragan Sakan – New Idea award.[11]

In February 2013, Veran Matic was awarded with the Sretenje Medal of honor of the third class, one of the highest national recognitions, "for carrying out social humanitarian campaign 'Battle for the Babies' that contributed to the general welfare of the citizens of the Republic of Serbia".[12]

Publishing activities[edit]

  • Co-editor of the book with Dejan Ilic - Truths, Responsibilities, Reconciliations: The Example of Serbia (Dejan Ilic and Veran Matic, ed., Beograd: Samizdat B92, 2000)
  • Veran Matic’s articles have appeared in the New York Times, the New York Book Review, the Wall Street Journal, Index on Censorship, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Le Monde, The Nation, and elsewhere.
  • Co-author: Shaping the Network Society, edited by Douglas Schuler and Peter Day - chapter 8, Civil Networking in a Hostile Environment: Experiences in the Former Yugoslavia [13]
  • Author: KUNSTRADIO - Schaffung des lnformationsraums: "Commando Solo" [14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Veran Matic, Serbia". International Press Institute. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "B92: Belgrade's impartial voice". BBC News. 18 May 2000. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Belgrade bans independent B92". BBC News. 24 March 1999. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Serbia closes B92 radio station". BBC News. 2 April 1999. Archived from the original on 14 August 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ "Journalists Receive 1996 Press Freedom Awards". Committee to Protect Journalists. Archived from the original on 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "The Olof Palme Prize 1998". Olof Palme Fund. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Đinđić, Matić awarded Legion of Honor". B92. 22 October 2009. Archived from the original on 19 August 2012. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Magazine declares B92 Fund head "most humane celebrity"". B92. 12 December 2011. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  9. ^ "B92 wins five Press Vitez awards"". B92. 10 November 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Best managers awarded"". Tanjug. 25 December 2012. Retrieved 25 December 2012. 
  11. ^ "B92 Fund head Matić wins UEPS award"". B92. 28 December 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  12. ^ "Veran Matić honored with Sretenje Medal"". B92. 28 February 2012. Retrieved 28 December 2012. 
  13. ^ "Shaping the Network Society - Table of Contents - The MIT Press". Mitpress.mit.edu. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  14. ^ "VERAN MATIC - Commando solo". Kunstradio.at. Retrieved 2012-08-14.