EDITORIAL: “I STRONGLY PROTEST YOUR ANTI-SERBIAN BIAS”- Letter to the Canadian TV broadcaster CPAC..

GOEBBELS STYLE PROPAGANDA- Canadian TV broadcaster aired today (05July2019) unchallenged the fake (news) statement from the one anonymous  public discussion participant, suggesting that among Serbian refugees from Bosnia, residing in North America, are 20,000 “genocidal war criminals”. Even if that monstrous false accusation by some miracle was truthful, that would than suggests (taking to account the real number of Serbian refugees from 1990ies) that among Serbian “war criminals” were women and children!? Enclosed is the PIN Editor’s letter sent to the CPAC editorial board…

I STRONGLY PROTEST YOUR ANTI-SERBIAN BIAS…

I just was watching (July5th @ 10:00- 11:00) your TV show: “RightsCity 2019 Conference – Democracy under Threat”, hosted by Francine Pelletier, who lead a discussion with Jeremy Kinsman and Michael J. Abramowitz- And was appalled and deeply offended by the unfounded anti-Serbian bias demonstrated by the anonymous last public participant in the discussion, who aggressively (and very emotionally- which suggests his obvious “ethnic bias towards Serbs”) accused Canada for hosting alarming number of “Serbian war criminals”, and for not taking punitive measures against them- suggesting that “around 20,000 Serbian war criminals have been sheltered here”!?

More appalling to me was a complete ignorance, of this very obvious (unfounded and unsupported by any concrete evidence) anti-Serbian stunt, by the host Pelletier and two panel participants. Mr Kinsman even went further, by blindly & cynically accepting “the fact” that in Canada allegedly live “dozens of thousands of Serbian war criminals”..

..If we know for the fact that in Canada, according to Census from 2016, live at least 33,055 Serbs (of course that number is in reality much higher), and if we take to account, that only some of the Serbian refugees, fleeing former Yugoslavia after 1991 (start of the violent breakup of Yugoslavia) up to early 2000ies, could be technically accused for the alleged war crimes (subject to due legal process, including the presumption of innocence), than we have to face the fact- supported again by the Canadian census from 2016 (which suggests that between 10,000 and 50,000 Serbian refugees arrived to Canada following the civil wars in former Yugoslavia and NATO occupation of Serbian province Kosovo in 1990ieswhich then implies that most of Serbian refugees from that period were “war criminals”, including women and children?) that by broadcasting, and not challenging, such monstrous anti-Serbian accusation- CPAC practically aligned itself with the anonymous and biased commentator, effectively supporting “hate speech” against well respected Serbian community in Canada.

I, as Serbian-Canadian- who (together with my family) first hand witnessed and experienced anti-Serbian bias and hatred in late 1990ies, back then even my children were almost daily harassed by their teachers and peers, for simply being Serbs, not to mention daily harassment I experienced from my coworkers- I was hoping that this dark episode, triggered by the Canadian participation in NATO illegal war against Serbia in 1999 (when Canadian media “en masse” lined up with their government war efforts, non-objectively spreading anti-Serbian war propaganda) was behind us…

..I will give you just one drastic example how Canadian monstrous war propaganda looked like then>

In the midst of NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999, CTV anchor Lisa LaFlamme in the evening national TV news “reported” bluntly that Serbian forces have captured 10,000 Albanian boys in Kosovo city of Djakovica, where they have been held in military barracks to be later slaughtered as “the unwilling blood donors”- while reality was the opposite (which was factually proven by the UN report: CKX103, from 2002)- UN report states that in same time hundreds of kidnapped and imprisoned Serbian civilians were transported (with “silent NATO approval”) to the Albanian “make shift medical clinics” to be there butchered alive for their human organs. Even this Lisa LaFlamme’ accusation, (after the war was over), never was proven and obviously was false, neither her or CTV never apologized for, effectively, spreading the ethnic hatred and practically inciting the violence against Canadian Serbs..

..Obviously I was wrong; these “dark times” defacto (as we can see from this CPAC example) are not behind us. Even, I expect now to see more of the anti-Serbian bias from Canadian media in coming days, but the last media I expected to see them to jump blindly into “the Anti-Serbian Wagon”, effectively participating in the spreading of ethnic hatred against one Canadian ethnic group, was CPAC- which I honestly respected, until now…

At the end, I expect at least your apology, not to me personally, but to the entire, well respected and law abiding, Serbian-Canadian community- which is I believe deeply offended by this (intentional or accidentalit doesn’t really matter) “hate speech”, broadcasted on your TV at the prime time…

Sincerely,

M. Novakovic, Vancouver

On July 5th, 2019

Author and investigative journalist, “FBR Media” founder

(International Federation of Journalists ID #SB7105)

 

ADDENDUM-

COMPLAINT TO CBSC (The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council @ https://www.cbsc.ca/make-a-complaint/)

During the TV broadcast of the public discussion  hosted by Francine Pelletier, with the guests: former Canadian diplomat Jeremy Kinsman and Freedom House president Michael J. Abramowitz- One anonymous public participant (@53:01min)who identified himself as “a former member of Canadian forces, citizen of Switzerland, and a war crime investigator”, accused Canada for “harboring Serbian war criminals from Bosnia”. Without being challenged by the host or panel participants, he went further citing astronomical number of (his “personal information”) “20,000 Serbian war criminals being sheltered across N. America”.

On the top of singling out one ethnic group in Canada, and dropping on the audience the bombshell fake number, this individual requested that Canada has “to take care of those dozens of thousands Serbian war crime perpetrators” and their list to be released to Canadian public via media.

As a Serbian-Canadian, I felt deeply offended for my ethnic group being singled out during this public panel discussion, even more for that obvious fake (news) number of “20,000 Serbian war criminals” (which is simply impossible, because Bosnian Serb refugees coming to Canada after 1990ies hardly would make that number in total- which then implies that all Serbian refugees, including the children, are “war criminals”?). Even I felt more offended that such blatant stunt and a fake information- bordering with the hate crime against one ethnic group, by this emotionally charged and erratic individual, who obviously got some personal agenda against Serbs (if not vendetta)- wasn’t challenged by the moderator (host) Pelletier and other two respectable panel discussants. In fact Mr. Kinsman and Mr. Abramovitz went further, stating that they agree with the most accusations against Serbs, brought up by this anonymous public member.

I wrote the letter to CPAC, regarding the unchallenged anti-Serbian bias during their broadcast, requesting some “corrective action” to be taken, and apology to the respectable, loyal and law abiding Serbian community in Canada to be issued- in same time I feel that your investigation is warranted here, to prevent such outpours of ethnic hatred, and airing of the unfounded and I believe fake allegations, during the live TV broadcast on some Canadian media.    

M. Novakovic, July 6th, 2019

Investigative journalist & author

(International Federation of Journalists ID #SB7105)

Ref. http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/66002583?jwsource=cl

 

 

REFERENCES:

CPAC VIDEO: http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/66002583?jwsource=cl

  1. http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/public-record/episodes/66002583
  2. https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/11-627-m/11-627-m2017028-eng.htm
  3. https://www.refworld.org/docid/3ae6a8a334.html
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Serbian_Canadians
  5. https://www.cbsc.ca/make-a-complaint/

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