Truth in Media Activism: Letters to Editors

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Aug. 30, 1998

To: The New York Times

Are Serb Civilians Expendable?

Re. A "missing" Reuters story (8/29/98)



Toby Harshaw,Letters Editor


New York, NY

Dear Mr. Harshaw,

Two Reuters stories, one published in the New York Times Aug. 27 issue, and another one ignored in the Aug. 30 edition, illustrated how news is being manipulated by your editors - by omission.

Your Aug. 27 story, credited to Reuters, was about "an unidentified attacker" who hurled a gasoline bomb at the U.S. Information Center in Pristina, Kosovo. No one was hurt.

Your "missing" story, was another Reuters report to do with Kosovo. Which you chose not to print. Wonder why not? Because the story line didn't fit your editorials? Your editors do seem like that famous lawyer who said at the final trial of his career: "And those, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, are the opinions upon which I base my facts."

Meanwhile, an Aug. 29 Reuters dispatch said that, "Yugoslav authorities on Saturday accused Kosovo Albanian guerrillas of killing 22 Serbs and burning their bodies in a makeshift crematorium in Klecka village, which Serb forces recaptured this week. A captured member of the separatist Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) told reporters in Klecka that he took part in a firing squad in the village that killed 10 of the victims, including two children and three women, in a mass execution. Police said others who died included Serbs kidnapped from buses and cars on the nearby Pristina-Pec highway."

"Standing uncuffed, but watched closely by Serb policemen, (Bekim) Mazreku (the captured KLA member) said the executed children were between eight and 11 years old and the three women between 28 and 32," Reuters reported.

Why were the New York Times editors "AWOL" when this Reuters dispatch arrived? Furthermore, why hasn't that self-righteous U.N. "War Crimes Tribunal" at the Hague issued indictments in this case? Because the Serb civilian victims are expendable?


Best regards,

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Bob Djurdjevic

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