CENSORSHIP WITH DEEP ROOTS: Dejan Vukićević awarded the “Dejan Medaković” award for his work NON IMPRIMATUR

So, it can be said that censorship is universal. The fight against it lasts as long as she does, and I am afraid it will continue, deep into the future.

This view of censorship was described by Dejan Vukićević in his book “NON IMPRIMATUR or censorship in librarianship and publishing”, awarded the prestigious “Dejan Medaković” award, which was established in 2008 by the IC “Prometheus” and its owner Zoran Kolundžija.

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At the ceremony of presenting this prestigious recognition in the City Hall in Novi Sad, from the history of censorship, which extends to 20 chapters in his book, Vukićević singled out the case of Pope Pius II as one of the most drastic examples. Namely, the head of the Roman Catholic Church published a love novel in his youth, and when he became the first man of the Vatican, he banned his work himself.


ALTHOUGH it is a pandemic of the corona virus, Jelena Radomirović Marinković, the president of the Assembly of the City of Novi Sad, emphasized that this day is important because it marks the centenary of the death of Duke Živojin Mišić. In that name, the children from the “Laza Kostić” Foundation, led by Marina Milić Radović, performed a play dedicated to the legendary commander of the Serbian army in Kolubara and other great battles.

As one of the most interesting examples of self-censorship in our history, Vukićević states that Branislav Nušić offered his “Suspicious Face” in vain to two managers of the National Theater in Belgrade, who not only rejected the text but also advised not to show it to anyone.

– But when Nusic became the head of this theater, he personally put his novel, which in a comic way deals with the corrupt state of state officials in Serbia and the influence of the Obrenovic dynasty, on the farthest shelf – Vukicevic told reporters after receiving the “Dejan” award Medaković “, which consists of a gold coin with Medaković ‘s face, a graduation diploma and Medaković’ s monograph in an exclusive binding.

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Explaining the decision to award this work, the president of the jury, prof. Dr. Boško Suvajdžić pointed out that 10 books arrived for the competition, but that Vukićević wrote “an exciting, witty and at times frightening book on the history of censorship from the beginning of humanity until today in all its manifestations.”

In Vukićević’s book, honorable examples of fighters against censorship are also highlighted, with the not at all encouraging conclusion that as a phenomenon, it remains indestructible in the 21st century.

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