David Binder (February 22, 1931 – June 30, 2019) was a British-born American journalist, author and lecturer. He wrote for the New York Times from 1961 to 2004. He was a foreign correspondent for many years and was based in Belgrade from 1963-66. Later he served on numerous occasions as a special correspondent: in the 1990s, he travelled extensively in the Balkans to report on the wars that brought about the dissolution of Yugoslavia (1990–1995) and the post-Communist regimes in Bulgaria and Romania.
David Binder’s work was a frequent source of information and inspiration for those seeking to uncover the truth about the final years of Yugoslavia. His background and experience ensured that, very rare among the journalists who covered the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s, he had a deep understanding of the historical and political background of events.
From very early on Binder protested that the consensus media understanding of what was happening was fundamentally wrong. It seems that his views were not in harmony with those of the newspaper and were gradually removed from the mix. However, he continued to find means to express his perspective – always delivered with calm professionalism.
The attached papers and articles by David Binder well illustrate the important contribution he made to the debate: