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Vecernji List's Inaccurate Report on ICTY UN Detention Unit

Press Advisory
(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)
The Hague, 25 September 2006

Vecernji List's Inaccurate Report on ICTY UN Detention Unit

The Tribunal's Media Office expresses its concern over the inaccurate and misleading article headlined “Večernji in Ante Gotovina's Cell” carried in the 23 September 2006 issue of the Croatian daily “Večernji list”.

Both the headline and the caption, "Večernji's journalist visited the prison in The Hague" are entirely untrue. No Večernji list journalist has visited the Tribunal's Detention Unit. In order to protect the privacy of the detainees, journalists are not permitted to visit the unit and no exception has been made with regard to Večernji list.

Photographs accompanying the article are said by the newspaper to show the cell of Ante Gotovina. This claim is entirely bogus. The newspaper boldly asserts “Exclusive” at the head of the article. This implies that the photographs in question were exclusively obtained by Večernji list. Again, this is a fiction. The photographs carried by the newspaper are, in fact, images made available by the Tribunal to all media agencies and are carried on the Tribunal's website at http://www.un.org/icty/glance-e/index-du.htm

It is noteworthy that on this web page, the Tribunal specifically requests that any agency reproducing the photographs provide the following credit: “Photograph provided courtesy of the ICTY”. Not only did Večernji List fail to do so but in their online edition of the story, they give the impression that they have some sort of exclusivity over the pictures by superimposing the text "www.vecernji-list.hr" across the photographs provided by the ICTY.