Letter: Collateral casualty
Alastair Campbell is a British journalist, broadcaster, political aide and author, best known for his work as Director of Communications and Strategy for Prime Minister Tony Blair between 1997 and 2003. He is the author of two books on mental health
Thursday 06 May 1999
Where Nato is responsible, it says so. The Serbs have a record of fabrication, of inventing incidents (such as the dropping of napalm bombs) and of misrepresenting and exploiting others. I was surprised therefore that you led your Kosovo coverage on 4 May on the Serb claims, barely qualified, of another attack upon a bus with the unproven claim of 20 deaths prominent in the headline.
This is exactly what the Serbs would have hoped for when they put out their report. Day after day, they lie about what is happening in Kosovo. It is important that the media treats their claims with caution. Nato will continue to spell out the facts about its military action. We cannot be expected to be a rebuttal service for a Serb-controlled media that day after day puts out invented stories about downed planes, captured soldiers and attacks upon schools, hospitals and old people's homes.
Chief Press Secretary
10 Downing Street
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