For me as a journalist, as a citizen and as a patriot, it was horrible. It was at the very beginning of my career in and war was all around. Back then, I had no choice to go to another newspaper. I worked only for a few months and I had to swallow the bitterness, but it is troubling you all the time“, said Peratovic.
Željko Peratović started working as a journalist in 1991 in Croatian daily newspaper Vjesnik. At that time the war began, war propaganda strengthened, as well as censorship. Due to the lack of journalists at the time when society has been at a turning point, he advanced rapidly from a city section to the war reporter. He reported from war-affected parts of the country and at the very beginning of his career met with sharp hand of censorship. One of his first significant interviews was the one with Mile Dedakovic, at that time commander of the defense of Vukovar, who was beaten and detained by the SIS and Josip Perkovic, back then head of that secret service. But the two pages interview was not published.
When Vukovar fell, Vjesnik was the only medium in Croatia that did not publish the news. In next four days Vjesnik was reporting that combat is still ongoing. At that time editor in chief Hido Biščević said that it was the order from the president’s office.
„For me as a journalist and as a citizen and as a patriot, it was horrible. It was at the very beginning of my career in and war was all around. Back then, I had no choice to go to another newspaper. I worked only for a few months and I had to swallow the bitterness, but it is troubling you all the time“, said Peratovic.
In the first series of Integrityobservers UNCUT, the guest is Željko Peratović; former prominent journalist of the at the time leading daily and weekly newspapers in Croatia – Vjesnik, Nacional, Globus, and today one of the most popular bloggers.
In this exclusive and thorough interview that will be published in five sequels, Peratović is saying farewell to the journalism and giving an overview of the past two decades of his career, carrying out an insight into the events and exposing the ‘games behind the scenes’ that the public did not have a chance to see in any media clip in Croatia, so far.
In the first part, Peratović is talking about times of war, censorship, politics and wounds that the political influence imprinted on journalism in times of war. The first sequel of the interview is available here: