The executive board of the Independent Journalists Association of Serbia (IJAS) accepted the resignation of Branko Cecen as director of the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) at today’s session, and appointed Milica Saric, former editor-in-chief of CINS, in his place.
Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia (CINS) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization dedicated to investigative journalism, founded by IJAS.
Branko Cecen became the head of CINS in 2010, and in the previous 12 years he founded a reliable and respectable editorial office, which has earned numerous domestic and international awards for its research articles.
Given that the newsroom was always made up mostly of young journalists, during his term of office, Cecen led numerous female and male colleagues to the journalistic path, who today are well-known and recognized journalistic names.
The members of the IJAS Executive Board and the employees of the Secretariat of our association and the Center for Investigative Journalism of Serbia wish him luck in his future work, confident that he will continue to respect the Code and journalistic standards in his new job.
Milica Saric has been the chief editor of CINS until now, and the IO of IJAS believes that she is the logical choice for Branko Cecen’s successor, given that she herself participated in the establishment of CINS as one of the best-known and most reliable independent media in Serbia.
The new manager has been engaged in investigative journalism and fact-checking since 2012, and since October 2018 she has been the chief and responsible editor of CINS. In 2017, she received the EU award for the best young investigative journalist in Serbia.
She is part of the research team that won the European Journalism Award for investigative journalism in the same year for a series of articles on the failed fight against corruption in Serbia, as well as the “Anthony Lewis” award for excellence in reporting on the rule of law and the “Dušan Bogavac” award for ethics and courage.