Journalists kill too, don’t they?
‘The bridge has had to have its victims, to stand up,’
-Ljubomir Mutapcic, journalist from Visegrad
To commit Genocide, the victim group must be dehumanised and their murder must be approved. The easiest way to do this is by the media. As history teaches us, Nazi Germany used media to promote their fascist idea of the Jews as an “inferior race”. In Bosnia, starting from Milosevic’s rise to power in 1989, the Yugoslav media was used to dehumanise the Bosnian Muslim and Croat population. The Croats were being accused of being Ustase, and wanting to repeat the WW2 Genocide of the Serbs in Jasenovac. The Bosnian Muslims were accused of wanting to create an “islamic state in Bosnia“, a Jamahiriya. Fear was created among the local Serb population, they were by mass media, convinced that Muslims were going to massacre them and drive them out of Bosnia so as to create an “Islamic state”.
To commit Genocide against Bosniaks in Visegrad, journalists from Eastern Bosnia and Uzice, a town in Serbia bordering Visegrad, played a main role in mobilising Serb masses into committing, supporting and by standing the mass murder, rape and expulsion of Bosniaks from Visegrad.
Bosniak Genocide Survivor Mustafa Suceska in his book “Bloody Bridge on Drina” (“Krvava Cuprija na Drini” DES,Sarajevo 2001) identified journalists Ljubomir Mutapcic and Radoje Tasic as the two main journalists who carried out anti-Bosniak and islamophobic propaganda.
Radoje Tasic today is a journalist for Serb nationalist newspaper Glas Srpske. He has filmed a propaganda documentary about Serb victims in WW2. He was identified by Visegrad Genocide Survivor Šefka Šehić (in the Boban Simsic case) as the person who made lists of inmates in the Hasan Veletovac Secondary School-turned concentration camp(Testimony in Bosnia here ). In a anonymous letter sent to Nezavisne Novine in September 2006, Radoje Tasic is named the main person for logistics for the Serb terror group “Preventiva”, whose main aim is to prevent the capture of wanted war criminals.
Ljubomir Mutapcic is pensioner living in Visegrad. In 2007. he received the highest award of the Visegrad Municipality from Visegrad Mayor Milandin Milicevic. About Milicevic’s war past read here. Mutapcic did a great job and the Serb authorities in Visegrad know it.
Ljubomir Mutapcic, seems to be still up to his war-time job. This time he justifies Bosniak victims to a British journalist (Read Guardian article)
“Ljubomir Mutapcic, an elderly journalist is one. His flat overlooks the bridge and he knows every moment of its history. ‘You know the legend of the bridge?’ he asks. He tells the story told in Andric’s book. How when the bridge was being built the river would sweep it away until the two human sacrifices were put in its foundations. ‘The bridge has had to have its victims, to stand up,’ he says.”