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“I was a paid propagandist” for President Tudjman in ex-Yugoslavia: Joe Tripician

“I was a paid propagandist” for President Tudjman in ex-Yugoslavia: Joe Tripician

“On the Barricades” s06e53

On this weekend’s release of “On the Barricade”, host Maria Cernat invites Joe Tripician, an American Emmy-award-winning filmmaker with very interesting Balkan connections. In 1997 Joe accepted a job to write the "official" biography of the president of Croatia, Franjo Tudjman. He had to decide whether to write what the Croatian government wanted and help the president escape a war crimes indictment, or to tell the truth and become an enemy of the State. He shares his personal experience of being a paid propagandist for a Balkan war criminal– which lends some insights and reflection on the workings of the Croatian state propaganda campaign after the break-up of Yugoslavia and a bloody fratricidal war. 

Joe wrote about his experiences in the book “Balkanized at Sunrise” which is soon to become a documentary, “I Was a Paid Propagandist.”

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On the Barricades
“On the Barricades” is a thought-provoking podcast that offers in-depth commentary on international events, with a strong focus on systemic critique rather than daily news. Proudly presenting an Eastern European perspective, we delve into the underlying processes and political dynamics shaping our world, drawing on our unique historical experiences with Soviet-style socialism to provide intellectually and politically refreshing insights.