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(E) My letter to IWPR
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  03/11/2002 | Letters to the Editors | Unrated
(E) My letter to IWPR
 
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Date: February 12, 2002 
 
Dear Editor 
 
I was quite appalled by Andrea Feldman's article "Croatia indifferent to Milosevic Trial". 
 
It is hardly surprising that the ICTY is not overly reported in Croatia. After all, the ICTY has spectacularly failed to convict a single person for the mass slaughter of over 15, 000 Croats by Serbs during the 1991-5 Serbian invasion and one third occupation of Croatia . The ICTY seems more occupied with promoting the discredited "all sides equally guilty" theory. 
 
She also seems concerned that the Croatian media is not uncritically putting out material provided by the Tribunal and international organisations. 
 
As a Liberal, Ms Feldman should surely know that the media's job is not to act as an uncritical conduit for any organisation's PR guff, be it from the Tribunal's "outreach" programme or the SENSE agency which claims that its main objective "is to provide to media and public in South East Europe objective, timely and comprehensive information about policies and objectives concerning the region, by main bodies of the international community, such as the European union and its institutions...." . The same international community that once supported Slobodan Milosevic? 
 
It seems to me that - in this regard at least - the Croatian media is doing its public a service by taking something of an independent line. Very much similar with what we enjoy in Western Europe, where the public do not expect its media to parrot any International Community line. 
 
Ms Feldman should grasp that in a democracy, the media can put out what it likes. As a senior member of a party of the ruling coalition it is most unseemly for her to demand what the media should or should not be reporting. Most illiberal. 
 
Indeed, I find it considerably disconcerting that you carry such views. Especially, as given that you are funded by the British government and the European Union, I pay for the IWPR via my taxes. 
 
However, I note that the editor in chief of SENSE is one Mirko Klarin. Could this Mirko Klarin be related in any way to the IWPR's senior editor at the ICTY, also called Mirko Klarin? If so, why was this not mentioned when Ms Feldman criticised Croatian television for not carrying SENSE coverage? 
 
Yours sincerely, 
 
Brian Gallagher 
 
 
 
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