Ivo Skoric on Thu, 31 Mar 2005 22:28:12 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Volleyball Wars - Revival of Hate Speech in Serbia


While the war between Croatia and Serbia is long over, the fights 
between sports fans are just as fierce as they were in the beginning 
of the 1990s. But then, British soccer fans do not change their 
proneness to violence with generations, either. What is different in 
Serbia is the behavior of the media. Unlike in Britain (or in 
Croatia) the media in Serbia became a mouthpiece for such behavior - 
to an extent advocating and promoting it, just as they did in the 
1990-s, when that was indeed a common practice among all state-run 
media in all post-Yugoslav societies. This time around Serbian media 
are doing it from purely opportunistic standpoint: hate speech sells 
well. But it is incendiary, it can poison the relations among post-
Yugoslav countries, and, therefore needs to be stopped.

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