Informed Sources: May 23, 1994

U.N. Peacekeepers Keep the Press Out

ZAGREB -- The U.N. protection force (UNPROFOR) in the former Yugoslavia would rather obstruct the media than risk exacerbating tension between the warring factions. Last week it denied journalists access to an area of eastern Croatia that was devastated by Serbs two years ago and is now ostensibly under U.N. control. Said a top unprofor officer: "We have a gentlemen's agreement with the Serbs. We promised not to show things that might embarrass them to journalists." Because they thought it might inflame local passions, unprofor also withheld from reporters a videotape made by U.N. troops...

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