More thrills than skills – A half-life in journalism, part 93

Over the next few weeks, is to publish, each weekday, edited extracts from the memoirs of Scottish war correspondent, Paul Harris. ‘More thrills than skills: A half-life in journalism’, is being scheduled for publication next year.

ACCREDITATION was the name of the game.

In Bosnia, I acquired accreditation from the government in Sarajevo, the Bosnian Croats in Mostar, the government 2nd, 3rd and 5th armies who issued their own individual accreditations, the Croatian Foreign Press Bureau, the Croatian Government Ministry of Information, the so-called Republic of Serbian Krajina (now deceased), and the Republika Srpska – the Bosnian Serb bit of Bosnia.

The last one was the toughest to get your hands on.

In fact, in order to get to any destination in Srpska, you had to present yourself at an office in Belgrade – in neighbouring Serbia – and get both a press pass and a stamped document.

The press pass even specified the border crossing point you were to use and it was only valid for a maximum of 14 days.