The process of negotiations between our country and the European Union and the benchmarks set within the negotiating chapters and their approval, have led to a large number of changes in legislation in line with the acquis communautaire. The first step in this area was made by the decision of the Government of Montenegro, and on the recommendation of the institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe, to decriminalize the act of insult and slander, so this act is no longer treated as a crime. In the direction of reforming the criminal legislation, in the past period, a set of amendments to the Criminal Procedure Code and the Criminal Code was adopted. This legal legislation is crucial for reporting in the field of criminal justice, and a handbook for investigative journalism is necessary in order to create new investigative stories.
With this in mind, CEDEM in cooperation with TV PRVA, publishes a publication that aims to provide journalists in Montenegro access to all steps from preparation to publication of a research story, but also to encourage them to set higher goals and contribute to greater democratization and awareness society as a whole.
The manual for investigative journalism in the field of criminal justice was created as a need of local journalists to unite the necessary knowledge and skills for investigative work. The manual is a comprehensive publication that deals with the research process from the origin of the idea to its writing and publication from a practical aspect. Special attention is paid to the collection of documents and ways to collect them, with an emphasis on Montenegro.
The Investigative Journalism Handbook is intended for all journalists who deal with, or have an aspiration for, investigative journalism in various fields, with a special focus on criminal justice.
The manual was made for journalists regardless of their previous experience, bearing in mind that the manual follows the latest methods and techniques for the research process and writing or publishing a story, as well as the theoretical and practical aspect of each individual part. In addition to journalists, the handbook can be very useful for students as well as civil society representatives engaged in research work.