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(E) Maybe the Croatian media should be the first place to turn
By Nenad N. Bach | Published  01/20/2002 | Media Watch | Unrated
(E) Maybe the Croatian media should be the first place to turn
Click Here: Crown Home PageI wholeheartedly agree.The HRT did a 2 cassette History of the Croatian People in the early 1990sin English. It wasn't too bad, but needs work.In the post-1995 period, the govt did a film called "Franjo Tudjman:Croatia's George Washington," or something like that. I never saw it but,as the title suggests, it was more an attempt to glorify Croatia's thenpresident than to necessarily glorify Croatia. Had the Croatian govt had aPublic Relations firm then, the firm would have told them that Tudjman wasjust so discredited by western media that they were wasting their time andmoney and that there were better means to promote Croatia in the west.Indeed, if Croatia had had a public relations firm, I beleive that thematerial broadcast on the History Channel never would have made it out! APR firm would, presumably, keep its ears to the ground to see what was inthe works rather than simply react as we are doing.Part of the problem, as I see it, is that people in Croatia itself are notaware of these shows and other negative matters concerning Croatia in thewestern media. For example, I have had a special interest in the portrayalof Croatia's coat of arms as being an Ustashe symbol, though it was evenused in Communist days. I was shocked when I recently learned that many toppeople in Croatia were not aware of this perception and indeed denied to methat this was an impression that the west had (one official telling me thatIsrael, for ex., would never allow an ustashe flag to be flown in itscountry).This motiviated me to put together (something I am working on with Hilda),under the auspices of the NFCA, a booklet with the numerous articles andbooks where this calumny has been mentioned - it is quite staggering theamount of material that I have dug up - which we will distribute, withEnglish and Croatian text, to relevant Croatian government officials as wellas the Croatian media (to give you an idea of the problem, I am aware of 4publications printed in 2001 alone which referred to the Croatian flag/coatof arms as being an Ustashe one: (i) the Los Angeles Times (article reMesic's visit to Israel), (ii) the Economist (article re Goran's Wimbledonwin), (iii) Current History, and (iv) a new book just issued re the warcrimes trials for BH and Rawanda by, I beleive, a Barbara Neuffler - I can'trecall the name of the book or author, but it was reviewed in last Sunday'sNY Times Review of Books).The idea is to try to convince relevant people in Croatia on the need for aPR firm (i.e., see what not having a PR firm has cost the country in termsof its image to the world). I would suggest that if anyone has a copy ofthe A&E Program that it be sent to Croatia. And I specifically suggest notjust sending it to government officials - perhaps members of the Croatianmedia will find the issue compelling or outrageous enough to write about itin their publications. Indeed, maybe the Croatian media should be the firstplace to turn.John Kraljicdistributed by CROWN - www.croatianworld.net - CroWorldNet@aol.comNotice: This e-mail and the attachments are confidential information.If you are not the intended recipient of this e-mail, you are hereby notified that any dissemination, distribution or copying of this e-mail and the attachments is strictly prohibited and violators will be held to the fullest possible extent of any applicable laws governing electronic Privacy. If you have received this e-mail in error please immediately notify the sender by telephone or e-mail, and permanently delete this e-mail and any attachments.
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