International Whistleblower Day loudly celebrated in Skopje

– Special Public Prosecutor’s Office (SJO) has continuously been pointing to the need for adoption of Law on Whistleblower Protection as under the current law we cannot offer adequate protection to all who want to cooperate with us in that direction. Citizens rarely decide to indicate a corrupt business and crime due to the fear they have of the consequences of such activity. Therefore we need to encourage them to report such behavior. But the problem is the trust in institutions, that despite the risk of pointing the crime institutions will act under the law. SJO, as an institution responsible for its task, does not deviate and will not give up investigating crime and corruption. We cannot be quiet and close our eyes, every crime needs to be investigated and citizens are aware that it is something of mutual...

Skopje Hosts International Whistleblower Day – March 24

SKOPJE – Drawing attention to the need to preserve free speech and media rights in Macedonia, the first annual International Whistleblower Day will be held in Skopje on March 24, 2017. The event is in partnership with Free Speech Day Macedonia.   This all-day event at MKC Club features a meet-and-greet with whistleblowers, speeches by activists, a press conference, citizen speak-up, and live music with the Crossroad Blues Band.   Speakers include Special public prosecutor Katica Janeva, whistleblower Simo Gruevski, International Team Leader of Civica Mobilitas, Petrus Theunisz and investigative journalist Zoran Ivanov, president of TI Slagana Taseva and longtime civic activist Dzabir Derala from Civil. Human rights activist and journalist Arzu Geybulla will deliver a keynote speech on the growing challenges and dangers of investigative reporting and activism in Europe and around the world.   “March 24, 2017 is...

A Unified Voice in Support of Whistleblowing

The South East Europe (SEE) Coalition on Whistleblower Protection held its second Annual Meeting organized by the Regional Anti-corruption Initiative (RAI) and Blueprint for Free Speech (BPfFS) with support of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), in Zagreb’s Double Tree by Hilton today. The event builds on the results achieved so far, providing additional boost to the promotion and protection of whistleblowers in the region. It contributes to the overall efforts challenging the national governments to seek better legal solutions and to work more intensively on establishing policy implementation mechanisms. “The regional dimension of the Coalition shall enable its members not only to learn from each other, but most importantly to coordinate and synchronize actions amongst them in order to raise to its highest extent the awareness on whistleblowing importance” said Radu Cotici, RCC expert on Governance for Growth, in...

SCOOP’s new series – UPCLOSE: The price of pollution

Center for investigative journalism SCOOP Macedonia continues with UPCLOSE, a series of short documentary films which last year started big buzz in Macedonian public, especially the very first one, on student standard’s topic.  This time UPCLOSE is focused on the biggest polluters in Macedonia. This will be also a series of short documentaries with exceptional quality. Despite journalistic investigation, viewers will enjoy great visualization and special effects. Watch us soon!

SCOOP – Macedonia, winner of the second prize for the story “Macedonian students with the worst standards in the Balkans”

Center for Investigative Journalism SCOOP Macedonia journalist – Angela Rajchevska won the second prize “Jan Briza” at this year’s international festival of short radio and television articles and printed, that is online research stories titled “On the Record”, which took place from 26 to 28 May 2016 in Novi Sad. Rajchevska was awarded in the category of printed, that is, online research articles for the story “Macedonian students with the worst standards in the Balkans”. Apart from Rajchevska, co-authors of the story are SCOOP – Macedonia journalists Goran Lefkov and Dana Lambevska.

Macedonia most expensive in Europe for obtaining documents

Macedonia is first according to the cost of obtaining data base of all companies in the country. This is shown by the two-year research “It’s none of your business” of the NGO “Access Info Europe”, the recently released Organized Crime and Corruption Project where the NGO Centre for Investigative Journalism SCOOP-Macedonia participated. Of the 32 countries in Europe, in most countries (24), one must pay to get the data base of the entire registry of companies. The cost for the entire register of companies ranges from 75,000 Euros in the Netherlands, 286,000 Euros in Estonia up to 380,355 Euros in Macedonia, where according to the research, the costs are highest. Free data base for all companies can be downloaded from the Danish registry, but it is necessary to have Danish identity documents, that is the data base is not...