Podgorica, 19 April: The US consulate in Podgorica said in a statement today that it was not aware of a report by the US Drug Enforcement Administration [DEA] in which it is said that after Montenegro becomes independent a war between drugs mafias in the region will break out.
The Belgrade daily Politika and the Podgorica daily Dan have reported that the DEA has drafted a report on possible crime developments in the Balkans, concluding that Montenegro and Kosovo's independence will result in a war between various mafia clans in the region.
At the same time, the president of the committee for monitoring of the media coverage of the [independence referendum] campaign, Zeljko Rutovic, who is a member of the pro-independence bloc, has said that this is an example of propagandist, incorrect and unprofessional reporting on the campaign in Montenegro.
According to him, there is no doubt that this is a deliberate, direct and calculated move aimed at confusing the citizens and causing fear and neurosis - all aimed against Montenegrin independence.
"Distorting facts and rising tensions via manipulation is a bad example of journalism as a profession and of the media, which have published these reports exclusively tendentiously, aiming to destabilize the referendum process," Rutovic said.