The Informer tabloid reported that President Aleksandar Vucic had met with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel in New York and even gave the details of the meeting and the topics discussed although the meeting was postponed for tomorrow.
Informer, a daily tabloid publication which is close to Vucic’s Serbian Progressive Party (SNS), published a headline on its front page on Tuesday saying that Vucic told Merkel that Serbia “can’t lose everything in Kosovo”. The tabloid also reported that Vucic was due to meet with the Greek PM, Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
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The first edition of the tabloid went to press with a pre-arranged story which was subsequently corrected on the Informer’s web site, i.e. that the meeting had been “moved” and that Vucic would meet with Merkel the next morning.
Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) journalist Slobodan Georgiev said the mistake showed that Informer’s staff were “ignorant and slaves to Vucic’s PR team”. He recalled an Informer story about a Billy Idol concert in Belgrade which never happened. “That is the proof that this is not journalism and this is not a proper media outlet but some propaganda vehicle with a pre-determined agenda,” Georgiev said.
The Informer front page with “news from the future” amused the public, especially social media.
Serbian opposition leader Dragan Djilas reacted to the Informer front page at Wednesday’s news conference, refusing to answer questions from an Informer reporter and asking: “Did Vucic see Angela Merkel or not?”.
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