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Anyone who thinks Slobodan Milosevic left no paper trail is looking in the wrong place. Kemal Kurspahic's fascinating book documents how Milosevic seized control of the media, directed it, and organized the mechanism for propagating the Big Lie―turning truth on its head. As nationalism took over, a lot of journalists sold out their principles. But there are heroes in the story, the courageous few who never yielded to the demagogues. This is a rich, absorbing, and cautionary tale. (Roy Gutman, Newsweek correspondent and author of A Witness to Genocide)

Among newspaper editors in the former Yugoslavia, Kemal Kurspahic showed how to challenge communism, nationalism, and the politics of hate. With Prime Time Crime, he leads the way again, with a penetrating account of how many media outlets in his old homeland worked to turn communities against each other. He writes with a pain and passion informed by his own experience, but with the insight he gained by stepping back for a wider view. (Tom Gjelten, NPR correspondent and author of Sarajevo Daily)

About the Author

Kemal Kurspahic was editor-in-chief of the Sarajevo daily Oslobodjenje in 1988–94. He was named the World Press Review's International Editor of the Year in 1993 and the International Press Institute's World Press Freedom Hero in 2000. Author of three previous books, he is currently a spokesman for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: United States Institute of Peace (January 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1929223382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929223381
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,813,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Prime Time Crime: Balkan Media In War And Peace by Kemal Kurspahic offers a compelling tale of power, control, threat, and the outnumbered few who fought to preserve their journalistic integrity during the bloody Balkan conflicts. Closely examining Slobodan Milosevic's stranglehold on the media and his callous use of it to churn out favorable propaganda for his murderous and genocidal expansionism, Prime Time Crime is a combination of modern history and real-life cautionary tale, which is especially recommended reading for students of Journalism, Contemporary European Studies, and Post-Cold War Yugoslavian History.
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