May 01 1994

Scouts Without Compasses

An NPR Reporter on the 'Disinformation Trap' in Former Yugoslavia

An NPR Reporter on the ‘Disinformation Trap’ in Former YugoslaviaCovering the disintegration of Yugoslavia has often forced reporters to act as scouts without compasses in a completely unknown terrain. Reporters have had to wade through the complex cultural, historical and political geography of these conflicts. And very few had the necessary instruments. With the end of the Cold War, a whole set of principles of analysis had become useless, and reporters had to confront new problems that most of them had never explored before, such as ethnic self-assertion, tribalism, religious conflicts and the rights and limits to self-determination. The Cold […]