International Editor of the Year Award

2001 Recipient

Perica Vucinic

Perica Vucinic

Method Amidst the Madness: Perica Vucinic (Photo courtesy Reporter).

WPR's 2001 International Editor of the Year is Perica Vucinic, founding editor of Reporter magazine in Banja Luka, Republika Srpska, and Belgrade, Serbia. Vucinic has devoted his career to recording the truth and restoring common sense in the midst of Yugoslavia's breakup and the region's successive conflicts. WPR's award goes to an editor or editors outside the United States in recognition of enterprise, courage, and leadership in advancing freedom and responsibility of the press, enhancing human rights, and fostering excellence in journalism.

An Unsparing Gaze

WPR Belgrade Correspondent Katarina Subasic reflects on Perica Vucinic's vital role in the recent history of independent journalism in the Balkans.

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On May 7, 2001, thousands of Serb protesters forced the cancellation of an attempt to lay the cornerstone for rebuilding the Ferhadija mosque in the now heavily Serb city of Banja Luka, Bosnia. The violence left one Muslim dead and more than 30 injured. Serbs dynamited the mosque during the Bosnian war (1992-95). Perica Vucinic reported on the incident.

Serbia 1999: Dictatorship

In fall 1999, Serbian police took brutal action against opposition supporters during massive anti-Milosevic demonstrations led by Zoran Djindjic. Reporter pulled no punches in reporting it. At the time of this article's publication, Reporter was already banned in Serbia. The article prompted Milosevic's regime to charge editor Perica Vucinic with "offending Yugoslavia's state symbols." He was interrogated in February 2000 in Banja Luka at the request of Serbian police and could not return to Belgrade without risking arrest.

Presidents—Past and Present

Reporter covered Serbian President Kostunica's handling of the extradition of Slobodan Milosevic with typical acid insight and intelligence...

Online Exclusive: Sept. 11 and the Concept of Superpower

Perica Vucinic shares his reflections on what the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the United States will mean for the concept of superpower.