Front pages: Dinars in focus, but also the Kosovo PM’s ‘cruelty, storm and terror’, who ‘tucked his tail’ in front of Vučić and ‘made up an assassination’

1. februar / naslovi
FOTO: Telegraf

The regulation passed by the Central Bank of Kosovo on payment transactions, which states that the only permitted currency is the Euro, entered into force on February 1st. The regulation also declares that all transactions in Kosovo must be carried out through the Central Bank of Kosovo, as the only authorized body. With the decision, the dinar and the dinar payment transactions in Kosovo are being practically completely eradicated.

Under pressure from Western countries due to the impact of the regulation on around 100,000 citizens in Kosovo who receive their income in dinars, Pristina agreed to a transitional period. Although Pristina officials have emphasized that the CBK’s decision is one of an independent institution and that it does not make any mention of the Serbian dinar or bans its use, so far two multimillion shipments of dinars have been returned from the Jarinje border crossing, and around four million dinars have been seized from the Post Office in Gorazdevac. Due to fears that Pristina’s decision will cause a new crisis in Kosovo, the issue was addressed by the United Nations Security Council, at Serbia’s request.

From one topic to another, from Javelin to dinars. However, the latter remained in focus a little longer.

Almost all Belgrade-based tabloids extensively reported about „the new terror, Kurti’s new storm, hunt for dinars“ this month as well. They wrote about the decision of Pristina to provide a transitional period or, as Srpski Telegraf informed the readers of this daily newspaper – „Kurti tucked his tail in front of Vučić. Abolition of the dinar in Kosovo postponed“.

The next day, Novosti reported on the inspectors’ alleged inspections of shops in the Bosniak Mahala, with the headline that „Kurti’s inspectors have already gone hunting for dinars.“

Novosti also shared the previously unknown information that „many Serbs have already opened bank accounts in Raska and Novi Pazar“.

Announcements about Vučić’s yet another address to the nation, as well as „Serbia’s diplomatic offensive due to the abolition of the dinar in Kosovo“ were shared.

„We will never give up on our people and we will fight for their rights,“ Vesti transmitted the statement of the Serbian president.

Aleksandar Vučić’s statements during his address to the nation took central stage on the front pages of these media outlets for days:

„Serbia will win. We will never give up on KiM“ – Informer; „We will not leave our people in the lurch“ – Novosti; „I tell you now, remember – Serbia will win“ – Kurir, „Serbia will win, we will not leave the people in the lurch“ – Alo.

Nevertheless, the central information from this address was the one that due to a new attempt at „ethnic cleansing of the Serbs“, Serbia requested an urgent session of the United Nations Security Council. This news graced the front pages of the majority of tabloids.

On February 4, the front pages also featured an event in Kosovo, that is, the seizure of money from the Post Office in Gorazdevac, which happened the day before.

Novosti reported about the seizure with the following headline: „They are seizing money intended for pensions and social welfare, a robbery. Terror of Pristina“.

It was also a breaking news for the Informer tabloid:

„Crazy Kurti went on a robbery spree.“He is stealing money from Serbs and arresting them.“

On the same day, Vesti also wrote that the Serbian Post office in Kosovo was under attack – „The manhunt is not stopping, there is no end to Kurti’s violence. Dinars stolen“.

For the next four days, the dinar, the ethnic cleansing of the Serbs and the announcements for the UN Security Council Session, which had already been scheduled, were the central news item, while the news about the first returned shipment of dinars from Jarinje – amounting to a total of 117 million dinars – proved to be slightly less popular among these tabloids.

Reporting about the announcements of the UN Security Council session, Kurir tabloid presented it as a „diplomatic success of Serbia“.

From February 8 reports about how “The world will hear the truth about Kosovo, The fight for Kosovo in New York, For the world to hear the truth…“ to February 9 articles on how “The world heard the truth about Serbian suffering,“ as reported by Novosti and „Vučić accused Kurti of crimes against of humanity“ – according to Politika.

On February 12, the headline „Kurti’s defeat at the UN“ appeared on the front page of Novosti, with an attempt to stir up a new drama – on how the Kosovo prime minister had to invent an alleged assassination attempt on him because of that defeat.

„After the debacle, he ‘witnessed’ an assassination“ – Novosti writes, while All accused Kurti of „lying as soon as he opens his mouth“:

„He made up an assassination because he could not get over the defeat in New York.“

The next day, the front pages of these tabloids were filled with photographs of the protest in North Mitrovica.

The tabloids used quite imaginative headlines when reporting about this rally or what Informer described as „an uprising in Kosovo“.

Srpski Telegraf, Novosti, Kurir, Alo, Politika and Vesti reports had a similar tone:

„A strong message from thousands of people, They’ve had enough, Kurti is abolishing life, Put an end to terror, The people will no longer tolerate violence, the Serbs rise up against the Shiptar oppression, Order Kurti not to persecute us.“

After that, the topic of Kosovo fell on the back burner among the Belgrade tabloids.


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