Saturday, June 7, 2008

Introduction to Czech TV documentary "Stolen Kosovo"

The documentary "STOLEN KOSOVO" was censored in the Czech Republic. The suffering of Kosovo Serbs is too much bias to be shown in national television.

That there can be no freedom of expression under the dictatorial regimes was confirmed yet again by the state-owned Czech TV, supposedly a "public service" which took part in the financing of the Vaclav Dvorak's documentary "Stolen Kosovo" prior to the Czech Government's recognition of the mafia state on Serbian territory, but now, after their FM announced recognition of the fake state, refused to air it.

According to the Czech daily Aktualne, the representatives of the state television justify their refusal to show the one-hour documentary about the suffering of the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija province by claiming the documentary is "unbalanced" and marked with "pro-Serbian bias", so "the tone of the documentary could cause negative emotions". To which Dvorak responded that the same could be said for the "Holocaust documentaries, where the Nazi Germany 'side' and 'views' were also appropriately ignored".

The authors of the expertly filmed documentary, who did not hide their disappointment with the state TV's blatant censorship, said that, while the Serbian television archives were used in some segments of the film (like the scenes of NATO bombardment and the footage of the carnage and victims of NATO aggression), not a single penny was received from Serbia or from Serbs for making of the documentary. At the same time, they have challenged the censors hiding behind the New World Order claptrap about "bias" and "balance" -- convenient empty phrases thrown around whenever the truth needs to be smothered -- to point to a single statement, image or a segment that is incorrect or false. An invitation that has, thus far, remained unaddressed.

The film which was first scheduled to be shown on Czech TV on March 17, the anniversary of the latest pogrom against Kosovo-Metohija Serbs in 2004, and than delayed for April, has not been aired yet. After the Czech Government has issued an illegal recognition of the state carved out on the Serbian territory on May 21, it has become certain that the "Stolen Kosovo" documentary has been taken off the broadcast schedule entirely.

Having their work censored by the state TV, the authors took their documentary to the alternative broadcast -- YouTube, where they uploaded their film in six parts and where it has received a wide, predominantly Czech audience. The Czech television is now using that as an additional excuse for banning the documentary, saying that the authors have violated the Czech state TV's right to exclusivity. So, they refuse to air it, but retain the right to be the first to show it, even if they choose never to do so. A kind of logic that fits perfectly in the world where an executioner must get at least the same amount of PR time as it takes to air the unpleasant pictures of his victims.

A note by the editor: recently the President of the Czech Republic, Vaclav Klaus has denounced his country's recognition of Kosovo independence:

Free Republic: "Czech president ashamed of Kosovo independence recognition"

President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus is ‘ashamed’ of the decision of the right-centrist government to acknowledge the independence of Kosovo, AFP reports. The government of PM Mirek Topolanek officially recognized Kosovo on Wednesday, three months after the state declared its independence. As a result, Serbia recalled its ambassador to Prague. ‘It is not a secret and I could not accept the recognition of Ksovo’, Klaus said before the media.
24 May 2008 | 22:42 | FOCUS News Agency >>>

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