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|Owner(s)||DAN GRAF d.o.o.|
|Founded||9 June 1997|
|Headquarters||Alekse Nenadovića 19-23/V,
Danas (English: today), is a daily newspaper published in Belgrade, Serbia.
Danas was established in 1997 after a group of discontented journalists from the Naša borba newspaper walked out after getting into a conflict with the paper's new private majority owner. The first issue of Danas appeared on June 9, 1997.
Right from the start the paper employed a strong independent editorial policy with respect to Milošević's regime. Because of open reporting and uncensored coverage on issues and events plaguing Yugoslav and Serbian society in the late 1990s, the paper often found itself targeted by Serbian authorities.
Danas was one of the three newspapers (Dnevni telegraf and Naša borba being the other two) to be banned by governmental decree on October 14, 1998 for "spreading fear and defeatism" at a time when NATO bombing of FR Yugoslavia seemed a distinct possibility. As the threat of bombing went away (for a few months anyway), the ban was lifted on October 20, 1998, only to be replaced by a piece of legislation called the Information Law.
Under that law, Danas was fined severely and on numerous occasions. The paper's day-to-day operations were often under threat of shutting down until the regime was finally overthrown on October the 5th.
In the period since the regime change, Danas has been one of the rare Serbian newspapers (or Serbian media outlets in general, for that matter) to ignore the commercial temptations of yellow journalism. Its circulation has been continually in decline. Most of the foreign investors in Serbian media market have been avoiding it.
Today, Danas is a left-oriented media, promoting issues related to former Yugoslavia, social-democracy and European integrations. It is among rare media supporters of Serbian NGO activities towards human rights and minorities protection.
The paper is published and managed by an entity called Dan Graf d.o.o. - a limited liability company based in Belgrade. The company's ownership is shared by 13 individuals: Grujica Spasović (13.39%), Dušan Mitrović (13.39%), Radomir Ličina (11.83%), Zdravko Huber (10.94%), Milan Jauković (9.82%), Vesna Ninković (9.03%), Radivoj Cvetićanin (7.19%), Aleksandar Nikašinović (5.46%).
List of people who performed the editor-in-chief duties at Danas:
- Zoran Panović 2009–present
- Mihal Ramač March 2006 - 2009
- Grujica Spasović
- Veseljko Koprivica
- "Претрага правних лица и предузетника". Pretraga.apr.gov.rs. Retrieved 2013-03-07.
- Official website (Serbian)