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(E) Harpers Magazine Issues Correction
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  02/23/2002 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) Harpers Magazine Issues Correction
 
 
Harpers Magazine Issues Correction 
 
On page 86 of the February 2002 issue of Harpers Magazine, the following 
correction was issued: 
 
"Correction 
The introduction to "Planning Croatia's Final Solution" [Readings, 
December 2001] incorrectly stated the number of Serbs driven from the 
Krajina region in 1995. Between 150,000 and 200,000 Serbs, not almost 
600,000, were driven away. We regret the error." 
 
Attached is a record of an e-mail correspondence with Roger D. Hodge, 
editor of the "Readings" section of Harpers, which led to the printing 
of the correction. 
 
Frank Mustac, reporter 
 
From rdh@hedtk.com Tue Dec 04 14:11:06 2001 
 
Hi. I didn't realize you expected a response to your email since we had just spoken on the phone. We're researching the question, but it seems clear that we made an error, and we will print a correction. The correction will appear in the February issue (January went to press weeks ago). 
 
Many thanks, 
 
Roger D. Hodge 
 
On Tue, Dec 04, 2001 at 01:44:12PM -0500, Frank Mustac wrote: 
> Dear Roger Hodge, 

> Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me on Nov. 27 
> on the telephone about the number of Serb refugees given in a piece in 
> the Readings section of the December 2001 issue of Harper's Magazine 
> titled "Planning Croatia's Final Solution." 

> I sent an e-mail to the address readings@harpers.org on Nov. 27 about 
> this issue, but as of yet, I have not received a response. I can only 
> assume that that e-mail was not forwarded to you. Here is essentially the same 
> e-mail again. 

> The introduction of the piece "Planning Croatia's Final Solution" states 
> that "600,000 Serbs were driven from the Krajina region" of Croatia. This 
> number is not correct. 

> The March 1999 issue of "Refugees Magazine," a publication of the 
> United Nations High Commission on Refugees, cites the following numbers 
> of Serb refugees from the Krajina in an article titled 
> "Serbia: Europe's "forgotten" refugees." 

> The article states: 

> "In 1995, 170,000 local Serbs abandoned the Krajina region of Croatia 
> following a government onslaught called Operation Storm and trekked 
> on foot, by car, horse-drawn carts and tractors toward Belgrade." 

> The incorrect number Harpers Magazine cites of 600,000 Serb refugees 
> from Krajina is closer to, yet exceeds, the total number of Serb 
> refugees 
> currently residing in the rump Yugoslavia, which the same article gives 
> as 550,000. The 550,000 number represents Serb refugees from Bosnia 
> and Herzegovina, Kosovo as well as from Croatia. The current Yugoslavia 
> consists of only two states, Serbia and Montenegro. 

> Here is the Web site for the article: 

> http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home/+xwwBmiuexumwwwwtwwwwwwwhFqhT0yfEtFqnp1xcAFqhT0yfEcFqrAGwzoDwMzmAwwwwwwwDzmxwwwwwwwdFqidGmnGaxOa-uPPyER0ay0Ig/opendoc.htm 

> Please, if you would, place a correction in the next issue of your 
> magazine stating the correct figures. Also, please e-mail me whether you will 
> indeed be printing a correction, and if so when and where in the magazine it 
> will appear. 

> Thank you. 

> Sincerely, 

> Frank Mustac, reporter 
> The Fairfax Times 
> 1760 Reston Parkway 
> Reston, VA 20190 
> 703-437-5400 
> http://www.fairfaxtimes.com 
 
 
Op-ed 
Bravo Frank. You did it again ! Therefore WE did it again. 
nb 
 
 
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