Radislava Dada Vujasinović was found shot dead at her parents’ home in Belgrade in the early hours of 8 April 1994. A seasoned journalist, she had covered the start of the Yugoslav wars and from 1992 onwards had specialized in covering organized crime, the police, the army and war profiteering.
The police immediately said Vujasinović had shot herself with a hunting rifle but the family disputed this, pointing to omissions and inconsistences in the investigation including the failure to question neighbours and analyse evidence found at the scene, and the fact that the suicide ruling was reached without referring to a judge. The family obtained independent expert opinions and repeatedly but unsuccessfully asked the judicial authorities to pursue the case.
A report by independent experts reached the clear conclusion in May 2008 that Vujasinović was shot twice, making the suicide hypothesis even more improbable. The investigation was reopened but the Serb authorities were incapable of shedding any light on her death. In January 2013, the Serb government supported the creation of a commission of enquiry into the deaths of Vujasinović and two other Serb journalists, Slavko Ćuruvija and Milan Pantić. An OSCE campaign entitled “Chronicle of threats” in December 2013 triggered an animated public debate and put further pressure on the Serb authorities.
A commission of enquiry launched by Veran Matić, CEO of the radio and TV broadcaster B92, wanted to ask a centre for forensic medicine in the Dutch city of The Hague to conduct new expert evaluations but gave up because of a lack of funding despite an attempt to raise funds in several countries.
Given that it is almost certain that Vujasinović was murdered, her killers continue to enjoy impunity more than 20 years after the crime took place.