IN MEMORIAM

GORAN VEŽIĆ, co-founder and director of STINA news agency 03.08.1953. - 23.10. 2010.

Goran Vežić was born in Split in 1953. In 1976 he graduated journalism from the Faculty of Political Sciences in Sarajevo, where he was also editor-in-chief of the faculty newspapers "Politologist". He worked in workers' press until 1986, spending two years on the construction site of a hotel in Sochi (Russia) as director of the workers' club. From 1986 to 1990 he was a professional politicians, executive secretary of the City Committee of the League of Communists in Split.

He was one of the founders of the STINA news agency in 1991.

Starting from 1991, Goran published in newspapers, radio or news agencies in over 25 countries. We will mention here just a few of them: Večernje novine (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Puls ( Macedonia ) BETA , Radio B92 (Serbia ) Dnevnik , STA (Slovenia), War Report (Great Britain) Sonntags Zeitung (Switzerland), AFP (France), Magyar Narancs (Hungary), Uncaptive Mind, (USA), Sveriges Radio (Sweden), Denmark Radio (Denmark) ...

He was a long-term reporter for radio stations Radio Free Europe, Voice of America, WDR , Deutsche Welle and BeHa Radio 1.

Regarding Croatian media, he wrote for Novi List for Rijeka for many years.

In 1993 he was a journalist-editor at Radio Brod (Ship) which broadcasted from international waters of the Adriatic Sea.

He was an active member of the Verona Forum for Peace and Reconciliation in the former Yugoslavia, and participated at international conferences in San Remo (Italy) and Freiburg (Switzerland) which launched initiatives to establish The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

He was a visiting lecturer at Japanese Peace Boat and their representative for Eastern Europe.

He was one of the founders of the STINE institute in 2003 and its vice-president.

Goran headed many Croatian and regional media project aimed at civic education which established cooperation between a large number of local radio stations in Croatia and the region, implemented by the Institute during 2003-2010 period. They are:

- "Informative-educational media campaign for strengthening return process "
- "Strengthening public awareness about the importance of successful return as an element of stabilisation of local communities"
- "Return and reconstruction of multi-ethnic life as an element of development in returnee communities"
- "Sensitizing the public for successful implementation of minority elections and efficient functioning of minority self-government"
- "Learning for Europe "
- "Media support to realisation of minority rights"
- "Regional media network for promotion of the EU integration"
- "Educational media project for raising awareness about European integration"

Goran edited many publications of the STINA news agency and STINE institute.
He received the award of Macedonian weekly Puls in 1993 as well as award "Robert Schuman" in 2009, awarded for reporting on European integration. The award is jointly given by Croatian Journalists' Association and Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Croatia.

In 2006 and 2007 he was nominated for annual award of all Radio Free Europe newsrooms.

He was a member of the International Press Institute from Vienna as well as South East Europe Media Organisations (SEEMO), organisation which promotes media freedom in South East Europe.