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“Ukraine assaults Russia!” was the headline of a February challenge of Informer, the most well-liked tabloid in Serbia, whose proprietor and editor has been a confidant of President Aleksandar Vučić for many years. This surreal title is not any exception within the media illustration of the battle in Ukraine. Fairly, however is a stark expression of the Putinophilia that has reigned in Serbia for a few years. Whereas the entire world has united in condemning Russia’s aggression in opposition to Ukraine, the media beneath the management of Aleksandar Vučić have turned to unfettered glorification of the crimes.
Tabloids, internet portals, dailies, weeklies and nationwide tv channels rejoice the destruction of Ukrainian cities and provides wholehearted assist to the Russian armed forces to persevere within the marketing campaign in opposition to their neighbouring nation. The editors and journalists of those disinformation media have fallen right into a deep trance – the killing of civilians, levelling of cities and destruction of cultural monuments and church buildings fills them with enthusiasm and enthusiasm.
Whereas demonstrations in assist of the Ukrainians have been held in quite a few cities around the globe, mass rallies had been organised in Belgrade at which the group cheered Vladimir Putin and the letter Z – the image of the Russian “particular army operation” – was drawn on the asphalt. The entire world shudders because it watches real-time protection with corpses on the streets of Bucha, buildings on hearth in Kyiv and Kharkiv , demolished hospitals and faculties, burning vehicles, civilians sheltering from the Russian shells in underground stations and tens of millions of refugees leaving their nation, however the hearts of Serbian Putinophiles leap for pleasure. As an alternative of compassion in the direction of the harmless victims, understanding for the criminals is widespread.
Neutrality not possible
Whereas his media lackeys rejoice demise and destruction, Aleksandar Vučić feigns political neutrality. Serbia begrudgingly voted in favour of the UN Common Meeting’s decision that condemns Russia’s aggression within the strongest phrases and calls for that the Kremlin instantly stop its use of drive in opposition to Ukraine, but it surely persistently refuses to impose sanctions in opposition to Russia. A large number of European officers, American senators and various envoys flocked to see Vučić, making it clear to him that the time had come to decide on: would Serbia be a part of Europe or an ally of Russia? Regardless of all of the stress, Vučić retains Serbia in limbo, neither in heaven nor on Earth. There can clearly be no neutrality within the case of Russia’s nefarious marketing campaign in opposition to Ukraine. To be impartial whereas an executioner butchers a sufferer means to aspect with the executioner.
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Serbia’s particular angle in the direction of the battle in Ukraine requires further clarification. Whereas in different international locations Sputnik and Russia At the moment are in command of diffusing the Kremlin’s propaganda, in Serbia many of the home media act as in the event that they had been a part of the Russian equipment beneath the direct command of Vladimir Putin and Roskomnadzor, the federal company for media supervision and the monitoring of communications.
Nevertheless, the issue isn’t solely within the media sphere, which is already the product of disastrous insurance policies. Serbia has by no means renounced the nationalist ideology of “Higher Serbia” that led to the wars within the former Yugoslavia. The one exception was the brief premiership of Zoran Đinđić, however that try and return to civilisation was reduce brief by his homicide on 12 March 2003. The assassination was carried out by the exact same forces that waged the wars and sought to create a Higher Serbia.
At the moment’s political leaders had been lively individuals within the joint prison enterprise [the official ICTY term] within the wars of the Nineties. President Vučić was a high-ranking official of the Serbian Radical Social gathering of convicted battle prison Vojislav Šešelj. His coalition companion Ivica Dačić, chief of the Socialist Social gathering of Serbia, was Slobodan Milošević’s spokesman through the battle crimes and genocide. One in all Vučić’s closest associates, the minister of police, Aleksandar Vulin, started his profession as a functionary of the Yugoslav Left, the occasion based by Milošević’s spouse, Mirjana Marković. At the moment’s Minister of European Integration, Jadranka Joksimović, was editor of the Serbian Radical Social gathering’s organ Velika Srbija (Higher Serbia), whose identify speaks for itself.
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