Radoslava Dada Vujasinovic

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Vujasinovic, contributor to the newsmagazine Duga, was found dead in her Belgrade apartment with gunshot wounds on April 8, 1994, according to news reports.

For years, authorities labeled her death a suicide. Years later, after the journalist’s family requested a new investigation, police said they had lost evidence. In January 2009, the Belgrade district prosecutor told police to reopen the case and gather evidence based on a ballistic expert’s conclusion that the journalist’s wounds could not have been self-inflicted, reports said.

Vujasinovic reported on the 1990s Balkan conflicts and covered crime and corruption in the government of Slobodan Milosevic, president of Serbia and later Yugoslavia, reports said.

Almost 20 years after Vujasinovic’s death, the Serbian Commission for the Investigation of Murders of Journalists was launched. The commission was made up of representatives from the journalism community, the ministry of internal affairs, and Serbian national security. The commission took over the case, reviewed evidence, and began fresh investigations.