September 04th 2008 03:10:00 AM
Because Kosovo Albanian war criminals on trial don’t have an easy enough time threatening and killing witnesses and their families, Albanian journalists have to help them out, demonstrating that even Albanian media are just another nationalist thug.
Pristina/The Hague - The United Nations war crimes tribunal Tuesday charged a top Kosovo journalist with contempt of court, alleging that he has revealed the identity of a protected witness, the UN said. The journalist, Baton Haxhiu, reportedly revealed the name of a witness testifying against Kosovo’s former guerrilla commander, later prime minister Ramush Haradinaj.
Haxhiu, a former journalist and editor at Koha Ditore and the daily Express and a long-time contributor to Deutsche Welle, was arrested in Kosovo and was due to be transferred to The Hague-based tribunal.
Haradinaj was acquitted earlier this year by a panel of judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) owing to lack of evidence in a trial marred by witness intimidation. […]
Apparently, this was enough of an abomination that even Fox News Channel caught wind of it:
Kosovo Journalist Arrested for Allegedly Revealing Name of Witness in War Crimes Case
Incidentally, the Pristina-based Koha Ditore that Haxhiu wrote for, though showing a glimmer of journalistic conscience on days that Serb-killing has gotten out of hand in the past nine years, is the same paper that helped spread a rumor “that the Serbs were sending poisoned food to the Gorani in Dragash,” as Iseult Henry wrote in Hiding Genocide in Kosovo, referring to the Serbian-speaking mountain Muslims of Gora, Kosovo. “Albanians have used this type of propaganda in the past with similar stories circulating about the Serbs trying to poison Albanian school children. This type of propaganda has incredibly been believed and even propagated by the western media.”
Where are the self-loathing, opposite-of-nationalist reporters and commentators that we in the West are accustomed to dominating a society’s media?
Oh yeah. They’re all in Serbia. Which is how the Albanians, Croatians and Bosnians won.