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While he was the editor-in-chief of the “Duga” newspaper during the 1990s, Milomir Marić was the target of serious threats, even from the very top of the state.
While Marić was the editor, Mirijana Marković wrote columns in this, then very prestigious newspaper. Because of one unsavory joke, Marić came into conflict with the then president of the FRY, Slobodan Milošević.
“I heard from Slobodan Milosevic for the first time because we put a headline that Miri didn’t like. He called me and said, ‘Bastard, don’t fool my wife. She cried all night, call her to calm her down,” he revealed. is Maric in one of the earlier interviews.
Maric said that he called the wife of the then president, but also that he received advice from a friend not to get into trouble with the Milosevic family, because otherwise he could have serious difficulties.
“I call Mira and explain nicely: ‘You have literary ambitions, and the pinnacle of literature is self-irony. We didn’t want to hurt you. If you want, write the title of the column yourself in the future and send a nice picture.’ Friends warned me not to joke with them, that it is a ship of lunatics and that I can lose my head. Fortunately, I just lost my job, “Maric said, adding that this was not the only problem with Slobo and Miro.
“My best friend told Miri and Sloba that I ordered him to go to Tolstojeva 33 and liquidate them, and that we Serbs would celebrate him as Gavrilo Princip. Mira asked me if that was true, I explained to her that I had just said “You don’t like a joke,” and I replied, “Nobody likes it as far as he’s concerned.” That’s when my problems started, “Maric said.
As threatening messages came to him more and more often, Maric had to leave Serbia and returned only after the fall of Milosevic. Also, he once received threats from Zeljko Raznatovic Arkan, who from time to time kindly called him on the phone to tell him how many lives he had left.