Mr Nikola Marković,
Deputy Editor in Chief
Subject: REACTION TO THE TEXT “PROJECTS ARE DEFENDED BY FALSE STATEMENTS”
Dear Mr Marković,
On 8 December 2020, in Dan, a journalist with the initials M. S. published an article entitled “Projects are defended by false statements”.
The text published the statement of the director of the Association of War Veterans of the 1990s from Montenegro, Radan Nikolić, who claims that in a press release, published on 6 December 2020, we published false information that members of the Yugoslav People’s Army (JNA), during the heaviest shelling of the old city of Dubrovnik on 6 December 1991, “killed 19 and wounded 60 people”.
Centre for Civic Education (CCE) sent today to the Prime Minister, Zdravko Krivokapic, and the competent Minister, the Initiative for conducting an external audit of the University of Montenegro (UoM) for the period from 2017 to 2020.
This Initiative follows the earlier appeals of the CCE to the executive power to, within its competencies, influence the improvement of transparency of work and responsibility in financial management at the UoM, which the previous government persistently ignored. For more than a decade, the CCE has pointed out the inadequacies in the work of UoM, and part of that also refers to discrepancies in the invested funds, control of the way of spending and accompanying results. Never were more funds invested in UoM, but the interested public remains deprived of meaningful information on how those funds are spent. In the last three years alone, about 60 million euros have been paid from the Budget to the account of UoM, and there has been no independent assessment of the legality and efficiency of spending these funds. This increased budgetary investment is not accompanied by a good positioning of UoM on the relevant rankings that assess through different aspects universities around the world. Part of the CCE findings was summarised in the short analysis “Financial Alchemy of the University of Montenegro – an Insight into the Financing of UoM from 2015 to 2019″, which was published in June 2020.
For many in the region, lives are still in limbo, because the shadows of the 90s are above us all, and this should be openly discussed, with facts, and difficult topics communicated through film and media to contribute to dealing with the past, as concluded at the online book promotion and virtual photo exhibition “Life in Limbo – A Book of Scars” and a panel discussion “Shadow of the 90s over the Balkans” during the last day of the Montenegrin Human Rights Film Festival FAST FORWARD 2020, organized by the Centre for Civic Education (CCE) and the ZfD Forum.
The last day of the FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival Montenegro 2020 closes with the film EMA, at 22h00, by one of the leading Chilean film directors Pablo Larrain, which critics say leaves without text because the visual elements are paralyzing and the dance scenes are stunning.
The film cannot change the world, but the engaged film can significantly contribute to pointing out inconsistencies in society and raising awareness about the problems of the LGBT community, it was stated today at the online panel discussion “Human rights under the mask – society’s attitude towards Pride“, which the Centre for Civic Education (CCE), with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, has organized as part of the FAST FORWARD Human Rights Film Festival Montenegro, upon the screening of the film “Let there be colour“.