Peratovic: Vjesnik was not allowed to publish when Vukovar fell. For the next four days newspaper reported that combat is still ongoing
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„For me as a journalist, as a citizen and as a patriot, it was horrible. It was at the very beginning of my career in and war was all around. Back than, I had no choice to go to another newspaper. I worked only for a few months and I had to swallow the bitterness, but it is troubling you all the time“, said Peratovic.

 Željko Peratović started  working as a journalist in 1991 in Croatian daily newspaper Vijesnik. At that time the war began, war propaganda strengthened, as well
as censorship. Due to the lack of journalists at the time when society has been at a turning point, he advanced rapidly from a city section to the war reporter. He reported from war-affected parts of the country and at the very beginning of his career met with sharp hand of censorship. One of his first significant interviews was the one with Mile Dedakovic, at that time commander of the defense of Vukovar, who was beaten and detained by the SIS and Josip Perkovic, back then head of that secret service. But the two pages interview was not published. When Vukovar fell, Vjesnik was the only medium in Croatia that
did not publish the news. In next four days Vjesnik had been reporting that combat is still ongoing. At that time editor in chief Hido Biščević said that it was the order from the president’s office.
„For me as a journalist and as a citizen and as a patriot, it was horrible. It was at the very beginning of my career in and war was all around. Back than, I had no choice to go to another newspaper. I worked only for a few months and I had to swallow the bitterness, but it is troubling you all the time“, said Peratovic.
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