Franz Kafka, “The Trial”
A truly democratic society is inconceivable without a free media, which serves as a control mechanism for all branches of government by providing objective and independent reporting to the public. The state of journalism in “democratic” Serbia, and how those without political protection can fare, is clearly demonstrated by the case of Tomislav Đorđević.
His arrest in August 2010 was accompanied by an orchestrated media campaign, during which he was portrayed as a career crook, precisely at the time when examples of the state’s fight against “criminal tycoons” were urgently needed to appease the discontent of the Serbian public.
During the media campaign which lasted for days, print and online newspapers alone published over 100 articles. Dozens of different media published the same pre-packaged false accusations and insinuations about “criminal activities” of Tomislav Đorđević, even though a cursory check of information available in the public domain would expose them as unfounded. Not a single journalist attempted to contact the other side for comment.
Unable to break through the media blockade in Serbia in order to contest the allegations, the family and friends of Tomislav Đorđević launched this website while he was in pre-trial detention.
After his release from detention, Tomislav wrote to all Serbian media, requesting the opportunity to present his arguments, and asking for a professional and independent journalistic investigation of his case. No one responded.
On the pages in this section we list all false allegations against Tomislav Đorđević which appeared in the media following his arrest.
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