I spoke here from Trafalgar Square at the start of February, about wanting to go to new places, to bring you unique reportage.
And so it was, I chose Serbia, and have now been reporting here for 10 days already. But, why Serbia? Here’s why –
- The current situation in Serbia is fascinating – the country is uniquely poised between the EU, and Russia. Which way it goes has huge implications for the whole world.
- The past is fascinating in Serbia – despite some excellent work, there is still much to be known about the NATO bombings of 1999, for example.
- There’s a deficit of real reportage from Serbia – the media here is state-controlled, there’s not much real coverages of events here. I know that my work can make a real contribution in gettig the truth out of Serbia.
- There’s unexpected, exciting themes to report on – look out for reportage coming up on themes you wouldn’t have expected of Serbia.
- As of now, protests continue in Serbia for the 17th day, but that’s something hardly being covered in the media.
- There’s connections to Donbass – murals of Motorola, and Givi, men from Serbia who volunteered to fight in Donbass.
- Themes connected to Serbia come up in the news all the time….
- … and it’s often not clear what the real situation is. For example, Rita Ora’s visit to Kosovo last year, and a general total misrepresentation of that whole situation.
- It’s not just Serbia, the whole Balkans are fascinating. Montenegro are joining NATO, there’s Macedonia, Bosia…
- For all of these, and more, I believe there’s really important work to be done from Serbia, and it’s very exciting to be reporting from here.