Podgorica – Mother asked reporter of Spanish TV Diego Arispelatu before his trip to Montenegro: “Where in fact do you go, son? Is that some town?”
On the other hand editor asks from him large and clear story on referendum for prime time news on Monday.
“First I have to explain where Montenegro is! I have impression that Spaniards mostly do not have clear picture even where are Croatia and Serbia. Montenegro, you agree, sounds Italian”, said Arispeleta laughing at his desk in Institute of media of Montenegro where is open center for support of foreign reporters.
Does to Spanish journalist Montenegrin case look as Bascia or Catalonia fight for independence?
“Not at all, it does not look alike to me, but perhaps it looks to Bascians and Catalonians (laugh). Anyway it is completely different situation it has nothing in common”, states Diego, one of hasty journalists and cameramen that every day step over cables and list paper archives on Montenegro.
Republic referendum commission until yesterday issued around 200 accreditations to foreign journalists but that is not final number for new requests keep arriving.
In Institute of media at their disposal are computers, digital equipment, translators, guides, data bases.
“I can not say that I feel tension. I did not see anyone to fight or hit”, told Daria Puskova journalist of London department of Russian TV “Russia today”.
She already talked with Boris Tadic, Filip Vujanovic and Andrija Mandic.
“They all tell different things but all mention that Russia is a friend”, stressed Puskova that is not surprised with hospitality of Montenegrins. “It is heard even in Russia. People sigh at mentioning of Montenegro and imagine beaches”. Puskova says that what is known on Balkan policy is only that it is complicated. The thing that politicians scream at meetings she likes, “because it is exciting”. Colleague from Spanish TV adds: “Politicians are same anywhere, we also have those who scream…”
Arispeleta tells that he did not feel any tension in Montenegro although the read that citizens are “at two sides”.
“If I have to stay here for some demonstrations, I will stay… that is my job”, says at ease Arispeleta.
At list of foreign reporters states signature “Hose Mari Pastor, journalist, country – Bascia”.