Numbers are often not sufficient to represent the situation, but if one knows that in Kosmet there are currently representatives of more than 200 various media houses from all over the world, it is easy to conclude that not a single detail important for the future development of events in the southern Serbian province can escape their attention.
After the Albanian leaders refused to start negotiations, some of the leading world news agencies (which present themselves as objective, independent and free media) have also given their "contribution" to the raising of tensions in Kosmet.
Among the journalists who are staying in Pristina hotel "Grand" one can hear a story about a journalist from Canada who does not even try to hide that she had received precise instructions to write in support of only one side [in the conflict], to glorify leaders of Albanian political parties, to support separatism, and search for anything that could show the authorities in Serbia in bad light and discredit the actions of the Serbian officials.
Journalists from the local so-called "independent" media have also arrived to Kosmet with similar instructions; they are prepared to use all sorts of fabrications, as for example forgeries of the official announcements by the authorities in which the word "terrorist" is often and, of course, accidentally substituted by the word "Albanian" which gives an impression that the police actions were not directed against terrorists and criminals but against all Albanians who live in Kosovo and Metohija.
Thus, weekly Vreme has recently published that the terrorist Adem Jahshari was slaughtered on "the threshold of his home" and that lie was "backed up" with a photo and the caption "it can be clearly seen that Jahsari was butchered", although only a blind man can fail to see that the wound in question is a bullet wound.
The magazine Vreme, which frequently sermonizes about objectivity and professionalism, needed "only seven" days to spot this obvious and malicious lie and forgery whose motive and goal will be easily understandable to every average reader, and to apologize to its readers in their most recent issue! [Vreme is a weekly news magazine].
The "fact" that Jahsari was allegedly slaughtered was later in many versions reprinted by the rest of so caller independent and objective local and then of course, foreign press; along the way they also added commentary along the lines of: look, Serb police slaughtered innocent and unarmed Jashari who had defended his home with several machine guns and mortars.
The very same media supported by well known donor Soros, famous because of his "unbiased" approach, and other "benefactors" or the phantom International Federation of Journalists had chased Jashari in order to somehow set up any sort of an interview with him, glorifying him as a "true fighter", only to write later, when Jashari was liquidated, that he was an "ordinary" peaceful farmer who only cared about his family.
The best indication of how much Jashari cared about his family is that he killed his cousin who tried to surrender to the police.
Those very same purportedly objective media have spread other lies about the events in Drenica, one of the strongholds of a terrorist gang, the so called "Kosovo Liberation Army" which had only in the last two years murdered more than 70 innocent citizens among whom were a large number of Albanians of whom KLA didn't approve.
There are so many fabrications about Drenica that it is difficult to list all of them.
So, is it surprising that these and such media and their reporting have recently received support from Brussels where, as Nasa Borba reported, it was decided to use diplomatic channels to warn the authorities in Serbia to immediately stop "the attempts to silence media which by reporting about the events in Kosovo have uncovered and condemned Police repression"?
But let us return to world news agencies, above all British Reuters, American Associated Press and the German agency DPA, which have reported during the past days, almost every hour, the story about an alleged crime of the Serb police in Pec, where the police allegedly killed one Albanian demonstrator.
The "news" was launched by the "reliable" sources in the so called "Albanian Information Center" in Pristina; the allegedly reliable source claimed that the Serbian police was responsible not only for the death of one demonstrator but also the wounding of several others.
That was obviously done because of somebody's orders and based on in advance prepared scenario without an attempt to get the opinion of the other side, in this case officials in the Serbian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The information was sent (this is very important!) on the eve of the arrival of the special American envoy Robert Gelbard to Pristina, when thousands of demonstrators rushed to the streets of Kosmet cities; the goal of the information was to worsen tensions in Kosmet and incite basest passions among the demonstrators.
The very same afternoon, provincial secretary for information Bosko Drobnjak decisively denied the claims of the so called Information Center of the Kosovo Democratic League (LDK) that the police intervened during the demonstrations in Pec and killed one and wounded several demonstrators.
"According to reliable information the police hasn't intervened anywhere today, nor is there information that anyone was hurt in Pec. So far, such case hasn't been reported to the police," said Drobnjak.
It is hard to believe that agencies with high reputation, which claim to represent a paradigm of objective reporting, independent of any influences, could allow such a catastrophic professional blunder and do not get the version of the other side in connection with an allegedly reliable information.
The only explanation for that can be the fact that these agencies try to serve the interests of the governments and countries of their origin; they are dependent on the most important political forces in their home countries which need such information to wage a propaganda war based on certain old and, as some have believed, long ago forgotten and condemned principles.
The news that the Serbian policemen are responsible for the death of one and wounding of several Albanian demonstrators in Pec was also carried by the supposedly independent [Yugoslav] news agency FoNet, only to be later reprinted on the front page of Podgorica daily Pobjeda.
A majority of the domestic supposedly independent media have assumed the same attitude with respect to this event. Their most important task, as can be concluded from the information published in Nasa Borba is to supposedly unmask the Serbian police and also assist in the realization of the terrorist crimes; actually to glorify the terrorists and build an image of supposedly just fighters, who are nothing but ordinary criminals.