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|Geert Lovink: ANEM media update|
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - <firstname.lastname@example.org> is the temporary home of the nettime-l list while desk.nl rebuilds its list-serving machine. please continue to send messages to <email@example.com> and your commands to <firstname.lastname@example.org>. nettime-l-temp should be active for approximately 2 weeks (11-28 Jun 99). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Date: Sun, 27 Jun 1999 19:23:41 +0200 (CEST) From: Geert Lovink <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: ANEM media update ANEM media update Yugoslav Telecommunications Ministry continues shutdown of ANEM affiliate broadcasters; Independent newspaper fined BELGRADE, June 24 -- After each international agreement accepted by the Yugoslav regime, repression within the country increases, especially repression of the independent media. That pattern is now repeating. The regime has continued the repression it began last year with the Republic of Serbia's Public Information Act, under which a large number of media outlets have been destroyed. The Yugoslav Telecommunications Ministry has also banned several more radio and television stations. On June 22, Radio VK in Kikinda and RTV Devic in Smederevska Palanka, both ANEM affiliates, were banned and transmission equipment seized. Radio VK was closed down with the justification that the station was operating without a licence. This is the third time the authorities have closed the station. As on the two earlier occasions, the banning order is illegal as the ministry has not taken into account the fact that the station met all requirements in the February 1998 frequency competition and remains unlicensed only because of the authorities' discriminatory attitude. On the day the banning order was received, the station also received invoices for the use of the frequency, despite having been banned over the period covered by the invoice. The station's founder and owner, Mr Zoran Milesevic, alleges that the equipment seized from the station has been given to Radio Television Serbia. RTV Devic in Smederevska was banned with the justification that it had not paid the fee for the use of its frequency. RTV Devic also tendered in the February 1998 frequency competition and, despite the fact that it met all requirements, has not been granted a licence. It has, nevertheless, been asked to pay fees for the use of its frequency. The justification for the ban includes the claim that the Decree on the fee obliges all stations tendering for a frequency to pay the fee. This claim is not correct. ANEM will provide assistance for these stations in obtaining legal redress against these actions. The Association also repeats its demand that the authorities enable journalists and media outlets in this country to work unhindered and under equal conditions. The independent Parliament newspaper, one of the most influential independent publications in Sandzak has been fined 135,000 dinars (approximately 13,000 DM) under the Serbian Public Information Act. The justification for the conviction claims that the newspaper's masthead did not contain the name of its editor-in-chief. The fine is to be paid within 24 hours, under threat of confiscation of Parliament's assets. ANEM fears that the newspaper will cease publication. The Serbian Public Information Act has already resulted in the a number of media outlets closing down. ANEM is concerned that repression of this newspaper could aggravate the situation in Sandzak, a multiethnic community of Serbs and Muslims, resulting in new tensions between the two groups. ANEM demands that the Serbian Public Information Act be repealed and replaced by new media laws in keeping with European and global standards of freedom of information and speech.