Even before the collapse of Tito’s Yugoslavia, Milka Tadic Mijovic was involved with one of the pioneers of democracy in the Balkans, the Monitor, Montenegro’s first independent weekly. Her articles defending peace and ethnic minorities and combatting corruption won recognition internationally and trouble at home. She was the first journalist to be fired for criticizing Milosevic’s aggressive policies. Since 2006, when Montenegro became independent, her problems have increased and have included physical threats, financial pressures and judicial harassment. Now the editor of the Monitor, she shares a sad privilege with the dailies Vijesti and Dan, that of having paid more than 300,000 euros in damages in the past few years.