Civic Association CRTA-The Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability

Belgrade, Serbia

Grants

$93,000 for 1 year

Awarded: March 10, 2017

Program Goal: Supporting Efforts to Improve Practices, Performance, Transparency, and Accountability in Governance

For its project, Citizens on Watch.

$190,000 for 2 years

Awarded: August 22, 2016

Program Goal: Supporting Efforts to Improve Practices, Performance, Transparency, and Accountability in Governance

For general support.

$180,000 for 2 years

Awarded: June 26, 2014

Program Goal: Performance, Accountability, and Transparency of Government

For general support.

$100,000 for 1 year

Awarded: March 21, 2013

Program Goal: Performance, Accountability, and Transparency of Government

For general support.

$100,000 for 1 year

Awarded: March 8, 2012

Program Goal: Performance, Accountability, and Transparency of Government

For its Candidate the Truth Project.

$95,000 for 1 year

Awarded: July 7, 2011

Program Goal: Performance, Accountability, and Transparency of Government

For its public sector service delivery monitoring project.

$50,000 for 1 year

Awarded: June 17, 2010

Program Goal: Performance, Accountability, and Transparency of Government

For its government monitoring and investigative journalism project, Truth-o-meter.

About the Grantee

  • Candidates running for mayor in the Serbian city of Niš participating in an Istinomer debate ahead of 2012 elections, hosted by journalist Suzana Trninić. Photo courtesy CRTA.

The Center for Research, Transparency and Accountability’s (CRTA) project Istinomer helps generate and serve public demand for transparency in Serbia. When it launched in 2009, Istinomer was the first dedicated fact-checking website in the Balkans and was inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact project, which has researched and rated the statements of American politicians and public figures since 2007. In Serbia, the idea of tracking and rating the veracity and consistency of politicians’ statements and promises was a novel one, and the practice quickly spread through the Balkans. Today, every country in the region has its own version of Istinomer and the sites are networked into a regional coalition of organizations to promote political accountability. Most of these sites, including Istinomer, are also members of a global fact-checking network led by Politifact’s parent organization, the Poynter Institute.

Despite the narrow media space in which it operates, Istinomer has become influential in Serbia and remains the go-to reference for politicians’ performance. Ahead of elections, it hosts widely-watched debates among candidates from all the parties. It also produces longer video versions of selected fact checks which incorporate interviews and investigative reporting techniques. Istinomer is also a contributor to the leading regional TV channel, N1, which airs these clips weekly, and until 2012, its fact checks were featured each week in Serbia’s most circulated daily newspaper, Blic. A 2013 transparency campaign utilized satire, backed by facts, to create public pressure demanding accountability for the leak of test answers to a standardized college entrance exam, leading to the education minister’s dismissal in the ensuing government reshuffling.