Dragan Janjic, one of BETA’s founders and its longtime editor-in-chief, passed away in the night between Dec. 30 and 31 at the age of 65.
Janjic was born on Oct. 6 in 1955 in Lopare, Bosnia and Herzegovina. He graduated from the Faculty of Philology in Belgrade, and began his career in journalism with the TANJUG news agency, where he worked as a journalist, reporter and editor from 1983 until 1994.
As one of BETA’s founders, Janjic worked as the agency’s Current Affairs editor and deputy editor-in-chief from 1994 until 2000, and as its editor-in-chief from 2000 to 2007.
In 2007 he was appointed Serbian deputy minister of culture and information, and held the post until 2008. From 2008 to 2010, he was the deputy editor-in-chief of the Politika daily, and from 2010 to 2016 he acted as a media adviser of the Serbian Ombudsman.
He returned to BETA as the agency’s editor-in-chief in 2016.
He spent his long journalistic career uncompromisingly fighting for objectivity and professionalism in reporting and for the rights and position of journalists and independent media. He was a member of the Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Nezavisnost (Independence) trade union, and was one of the initiators of the founding of the independent journalists’ trade union.
The time and place of Dragan Janjic’ funeral are to be announced.