Review of the media coverage of the 8th Belgrade NATO Week

Center for Euro-Atlantic Studies (CEAS) from Belgrade, Serbia organized another event in Belgrade, under the umbrella of the CEAS high annual flagship program - Belgrade NATO Week.

Conference was organized under the name 8th Belgrade NATO Week - THIS IS US (summer edition), on 21 st and 22 nd July 2020, with the participation of high level key note speakers such as: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić; NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy Baiba Braže; the Permanent Rapporteur of the European Parliament for Serbia, Vladimír Bilčík; KFOR Commander Major General Michele Risi; Chief of General Staff, Serbian Armed Forces, General Milan Mojsilović; Executive Vice President of the Atlantic Council of the USA, Damon Wilson; the Ambassador of the US to Serbia Anthony F. Godfrey; the Ambassador of the Kingdom of Netherlands in Serbia, Gilles Beschoor Plug ; the National Assembly Deputy Speaker of the Republic of Serbia Vladimir Marinković, among others.

Full list of speakers and their short biographies is available at the NATO Week website.

Conference was organized in extreme conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic and CEAS endeavored to comply with all epidemiological measures while organizing it.

This year's conference was supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Belgrade, NATO Public Diplomacy Division and NATO Military Liaison Office Belgrade.

In addition, further down is a table with links to all Serbia media references to our event. We are pleased to inform you that we assess the coverage as very good, which is not surprising bearing in mind your great contribution. Nonetheless, the number of references is huge and the overall tone in Serbia mainstream media, even tabloids, is almost totally positive.

We are particularly proud that information about our event were featured on the NATO website: https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/news_177428.htm?selectedLocale=en

In the same time the trend of superficial reporting or overlook of our relevant activities, by some outlets like Radio Free Europe (RFE), Voice of America (VOA), Deutsche Welle (DW) and local allegedly free and independent outlets, continue, as shown on the table. We are aware of their freedom to choose what to cover, but as we have explained in our report The Dark Side of the Moon we have found correlation between the mentioned trend and the moment we published our report West Side Story, in which we suggested that the correction of the administrative line between Belgrade and Pristina may be one of the elements of the multidimensional comprehensive agreement.

We are deeply convinced that it is not a coincidence that notorious medical doctor Danica Grujičić, patient zero of the pandemic of disinformation about the effects of the usage of depleted ammunition during NATO bombing of Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) on population and environment, gave an extensive interview to one B92 TV with national frequency

and Informer tabloid in which she claimed boldly that Serbians and Montengrians are dying at higher rates during the ongoing pandemic due to NATO bombing. Unfortunately, literally no one apart from us stood up against it, although effects of her work, and the support show undoubtedly receives are uncontested. As seen in the public polling that we shared with you, only three percent of the population does not believe that there is an epidemic of malignant diseases in Serbia caused by depletion of depleted uranium.

Local Sputnik branch, which was extensively covering Russian ambassador to Serbia H.E. Bocvan Harcenko recent disinformation and intimidation of CEAS, was during our event interviewing Mr. Nebojsa Čović, former Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia, the current president of the Basketball club Red Star (para state organization). He among others said: "We can add to that all their (enemies of Serbia) 'moles' in certain non-governmental organizations that they secretly finance. These are projects worth several tens of thousands of Euros, but I am very concerned when these people start defending Serbia. I am completely sure that all their views are non-national and unpatriotic." He emphasized that it is an interesting moment to spread the news about the alleged "role of Russia", because The NATO Week is being held in Belgrade right now with disappointing results - only 24% of Serbian citizens support the membership in that Alliance.

CEAS is grateful to all our donors of the summer edition of the 8th Belgrade NATO week, all the speakers and participants, as well as to Cabinet of the president of Serbia, Mr. Aleksandar Vučić, for enabling us to use the Club of members of the Parliament as our venue and news agency Tanjug for live feed and excellent media coverage.

Last but not least - we sincerely hope to see you all in person for the fall edition of this year’s 8th Belgrade NATO Week, to be held on November 16-17th 2020.

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Title

Media

1.

Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy participates in Belgrade NATO Week

NATO official website

2.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/

Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Tanjug

3.

Milić:Srbija godinama suočena sa epidemijom dezinformacija/ Milic: Serbia has been facing an epidemic of misinformation for years

Tanjug

4.

Klačar:Za ulazak u EU polovina građana, za NATO 9 odsto / Klacar: For the entry into the EU, half of the citizens, for NATO, 9%

Tanjug

5.

DAČIĆ: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona! / DACIC: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region!

Informer, pro-government media

6.

"Izjave dr Grujičić neprihvatljive. Očigledno je, Srbija je puna dezinformacija"/

"Dr. Grujicic's statements are unacceptable. Obviously, Serbia is full of misinformation."

B92

7.

Klačar: Za ulazak u EU polovina građana, za NATO 9 odsto/ Klacar: For the entry into the EU, half of the citizens, for NATO, 9%

B92

8.

Milić: Srbija godinama suočena sa epidemijom dezinformacija/ Milic: Serbia has been facing an epidemic of misinformation for years

RTV

9.

Dačić: EU bez Srbije nije cela/ Dacic: The EU is not complete without Serbia

Danas, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

10.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/

Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Nova, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

11.

Dačić: Srbija želi da doprinese stabilnosti regiona/

Dacic: Serbia wants to contribute to the stability of the region

Novi Magazin

12.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/ Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the region of stability

RTS

13.

Istraživanje: U EU hoće polovina građana, za NATO 9 odsto/ Survey: Half of the citizens want to join the EU, 9% for NATO

Nova, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

14.

Milić:Preko 65 odsto građana Srb podržava saradnju sa SAD / Milic: Over 65% of Serb citizens support cooperation with the United States

Tanjug

15.

Marinković: Uloga SAD značajna za razvoj i stabilnost regiona /

Marinkovic: The role of the United States is important for the development and stability of the region

Dnevnik

16.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Dnevnik

17.

IVICA DAČIĆ NA 8. BEOGRADSKOJ NATO NEDELJI: Saradnja sa Alijansom važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / IVICA DACIC AT THE 8TH BELGRADE NATO WEEK: Cooperation with the Alliance important for the stability of the region

Srbija Danas, pro-government media

18.

Milić: Građani Srbije sve više podržavaju saradnju sa SAD / Milic: The citizens of Serbia are increasingly supporting cooperation with the United States

Pink, pro-government media

19.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/ Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Telegraf, pro-government media

20.

Dačić: EU ne može biti potpuna bez Srbije i Zapadnog Balkana / Dacic: The EU cannot be complete without Serbia and the Western Balkans

N1, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

21.

Dačić: Važno što je dijalog Beograda i Prištine nastavljen, partnerski odnosi sa NATO značajni za stabilnost regiona / Dacic: It is important that the dialogue between Belgrade and Pristina continues, partnership relations with NATO are important for the stability of the region

Kosovo Online

22.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Pink, pro-government media

23.

Damon Wilson: Rusija želi status quo na Kosovu / Damon Wilson: Russia wants a status quo in Kosovo

Radio slobodna Evropa

24.

Bilčik o evrointegracijama Srbije: Preći sa reči na dela / Bilčik on European integration of Serbia: Go from words to deeds

Radio slobodna Evropa

25.

Osma NATO nedelja u Beogradu: Saradnja korisna i za stabilmost regiona / Eighth NATO Week in Belgrade: Cooperation also useful for the stability of the region

Danas, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

26.

Dačić: Imamo različita gledaišta po pitanju NATO bombardovanja , ali i obavezu da sarađujemo / Dacic: We have different views on the issue of NATO bombing, but also the obligation to cooperate

EWB

27.

Mojsilović i Risi: Saradnja Vojske Srbija i KFOR-a se nastavlja uprkos COVID-19 pandemiji / Mojsilovic and Risi: Cooperation between Serbian Army and KFOR continues despite COVID-19 pandemic

EWB

28.

CEAS i CeSID: Podrška pristupanju EU u Srbiji porasla na 51% / CEAS and CeSID: Support for EU accession in Serbia rises to 51%

EWB

29.

POLOVINA GRAĐANA SRBIJE ZA EU Članstvu u Evropskoj uniji protivi se skoro trećina, dok je za ulazak u NATO 9% / HALF OF SERBIAN CITIZENS FOR EU Almost one third oppose EU membership, while 9% oppose NATO membership

Blic

30.

Vilson: Vučićevi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD / Wilson: Vučić's efforts to develop relations are recognized in the United States

B92

31.

Dejmon Vilson: Vučićevi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD, budućnost Srbije blokirana bez dogovora sa Prištinom / Damon Wilson: Vučić's efforts to develop relations recognized in the USA, Serbia's future blocked without agreement with Priština

NSPM

32.

Vilson: Vučićevi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD / Wilson: Vučić's efforts to develop relations are recognized in the United States

Blic

33.

NATO nedelja u Beogradu: Tek devet procenata građana Srbije bi podržalo članstvo / NATO Week in Belgrade: Only nine percent of Serbian citizens would support membership

N1, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

34.

Saradnja Srbije sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / Serbia's cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Politika

35.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

RTS

36.

“Koncept vojne neutralnosti dozvoljava saradnju Srbije i NATO-a” / "The concept of military neutrality allows for cooperation between Serbia and NATO"

EWB

37.

DAČIĆ: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona / DACIC: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Ekspres, pro-government media

38.

"Ruski uticaj u Srbiji je veći problem od kineskog" / "Russian influence in Serbia is a bigger problem than Chinese"

B92

39.

AMERIKA PREPOZNALA VUČIĆEVE NAPORE ZA RAZVOJ ODNOSA! Vilson: Predsednik Srbije i srpska vlada ulažu napore da rade sa SAD! / AMERICA RECOGNIZED VUCIC'S EFFORTS TO DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS! Wilson: The President of Serbia and the Serbian government are making efforts to work with the United States!

Informer, pro-government media

40.

Održana 8. Beogradska NATO nedelja (video) / The 8th Belgrade NATO Week was held

Informer, pro-government media

41.

Vilson: Vučićevi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD / Wilson: Vučić's efforts to develop relations are recognized in the United States

Tanjug

42.

Razgraničenje Srbije i Kosova? Evo šta kažu građani! (ANKETA, VIDEO)/ Demarcation of Serbia and Kosovo? Here is what the citizens say! (POLL, VIDEO)

Mondo

43.

Srbija i NATO: Evo šta o tome kaže Ivica Dačić! (VIDEO)/ Serbia and NATO: Here is what Ivica Dacic says about it! (VIDEO)

Mondo

44.

Ovo je mišljenje GENERALA NATO PAKTA o SRPSKIM OFICIRIMA! /This is the opinion of the GENERAL OF THE NATO PACT on SERBIAN OFFICERS!

Mondo

45.

POHVALA VUČIĆU IZ ATLANTSKOG SAVETA SAD Vilson: Njegovi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD/ PRAISE TO VUCIC FROM THE ATLANTIC COUNCIL OF THE USA Wilson: His efforts for the development of relations are recognized in the USA

Kurir, pro-government media

46.

Vilson: Vučićevi napori za razvoj odnosa prepoznati u SAD / Wilson: Vučić's efforts to develop relations are recognized in the United States

Alo, pro-government media

47.

Vilson: Napori predsednika Srbije za razvoj odnosa dve zemlje prepoznati u SAD / Wilson: The efforts of the President of Serbia for the development of relations between the two countries have been recognized in the United States

Telegraf, pro-government media

48.

Klačar: Raste podrška građana ulasku Srbije u EU/ Klacar: Citizens' support for Serbia's entry into the EU is growing

Republika, pro-government media

49.

Stigla poruka iz Alijanse! NATO SE KLANJA: Srpski oficiri su primer profesionalnosti / A message from the Alliance has arrived! NATO WORSHIPS: Serbian officers are an example of professionalism

Srbija Danas, pro-government media

50.

Osma NATO nedelja u Beogradu: Saradnja korisna i za stabilnost regiona / Eighth NATO Week in Belgrade: Cooperation also useful for the stability of the region

Beta

51.

Stav građana Srbije prema Sjedinjenim Američkim Državama / Attitudes of Serbian citizens towards the United States of America

Radio Slobodna Evropa

52.

Osma NATO nedelja u Beogradu: Saradnja korisna i za stabilnost regiona/ Eighth NATO Week in Belgrade: Cooperation also useful for the stability of the region

Euroactiv.rs

53.

Građani Srbije protiv razgraničenja i članstva u NATO, a za EU/ Citizens of Serbia are against demarcation and NATO membership, and for the EU

Radion Kontakt plus

54.

CEAS i CESID: Građani Srbije protiv razgraničenja sa KiM, članstva u NATO-u, a za EU/ CEAS and CESID: Citizens of Serbia against delimitation from Kosovo and Metohija, NATO membership, and for the EU

RTS

55.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona (video)/ Dacic: Cooperation with NATO important because of regional stability (video)

RTV

56.

POLOVINA GRAĐANA SRBIJE ZA EU Članstvu u Evropskoj uniji protivi se skoro trećina, dok je za ulazak u NATO 9% / HALF OF SERBIAN CITIZENS FOR EU Almost one third oppose EU membership, while 9% oppose NATO membership

Blic

57.

Bilčik: Strateški cilj EU da bar jedna zemlja spremna za članstvo do 2024. / Bilcic: The strategic goal of the EU is to have at least one country ready for membership by 2024.

Blic

58.

Vilson: SAD prepoznaje Vučićeve NAPORE za razvoj odnosa!/ Wilson: The United States recognizes Vučić's EFFORTS for the development of relations!

Happy, pro-government media

59.

DAČIĆ: Saradnja sa NATO važna zbog stabilnosti regiona!/ DACIC: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region!

Happy, pro-government media

60.

Милић: Србија годинама суочена са епидемијом дезинформација/ Milic: Serbia has been facing an epidemic of misinformation for years

TV Most

61.

Дачић: Сарадња са НАТО-ом важна због стабилности региона/ Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

TV Most

62.

„Србија опредељена за даљи развој сарадње са НАТО“ /"Serbia is determined for further development of cooperation with NATO

Vostok

63.

Saradnja Srbije sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/ Serbia's cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Politika

64.

Dačić: Saradnja sa NATO-om važna zbog stabilnosti regiona/ Dacic: Cooperation with NATO is important because of the stability of the region

Espreso, pro-government media

65.

Kfor će raditi 750 testova nedeljno/ KFOR will run 750 tests a week

B92

66.

Билчик: Циљ је бар једна земља спремна за ЕУ до 2024. / Bilchik: The goal is at least one country ready for the EU by 2024

Dnevnik

67.

Билчик: Циљ да бар једна земља буде спремна за чланство у ЕУ до 2024. године/ Bilchik: The goal is at least one country ready for the EU by 2024

RTS

68.

BILČIK: STRATEŠKI CILJ EU DA BAR JEDNA ZEMLJA SPREMNA ZA ČLANSTVO DO 2024./ BILČIK: EU STRATEGIC GOAL TO MAKE AT LEAST ONE COUNTRY READY FOR MEMBERSHIP BY 2024.

Vesti

69.

Bilčik: Cilj – bar jedna zemlja spremna za članstvo u EU do 2024. / Bilchik: Goal - at least one country ready for EU membership by 2024

NS reporter

70.

Маринковић: Улога САД значајна за развој и стабилност региона/ Marinkovic: The role of the United States is important for the development and stability of the region

TV Most

71.

POLOVINA GRAĐANA SRBIJE ZA ČLANSTVO U EU Zapanjićete se koliko ih je za ulazak u NATO / HALF OF SERBIAN CITIZENS FOR EU MEMBERSHIP You will be amazed at how many of them are in favor of joining NATO

Alo, pro-government media

72.

Grubješić: Članstvo u NATO rešilo bi bezbednosnu dilemu/ Grubjesic: NATO membership would solve the security dilemma

Tanjug

73.

Marinković:Uloga SAD značajna za razvoj i stabilnost regiona/ Marinkovic: The role of the United States is important for the development and stability of the region

Tanjug

74.

Човић: Русија не стоји иза нереда у Београду, Запад подиже екстремну десницу /видео/ Covic: Russia is not behind the riots in Belgrade, the West is raising the extreme right / video /

Sputnik

75.

Manje od pameti/Less than smart

Danas, medium inclined to the Serbian opposition

76.

Novo Jutro - Dea i Sarapa - Nebojsa Covic - 27.07.2020./ New Morning - Dea I Sarapa - Nebojsa Covic - 27.07.2020.

TV Pink, pro-government media