|Eric Kluitenberg on Wed, 24 Mar 1999 23:49:57 +0200|
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|Syndicate: Press Release: Help B92 Campaign started tonigh|
*** PLEASE REDISTRIBUTE AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE *** Pressrelease Amsterdam - March 24th 1999 Help B92 and the independent media in Yugoslavia Latest news at http://helpB92.xs4all.nl Last night the transmitter of radio B92 from Belgrade was confiscated by the Serbian authorities. The editor-in-chief, Veran Matic, was held in custody in a police station for well over 8 hours. Despite this intimidation the station continues its independent news service. At De Balie in Amsterdam a support group has been founded tonight, which intends to support B92 and other independent media in Yugoslavia where possible in the continuation of their important news service. With the support of internetprovider XS4ALL B92 also transmits its signals via internet since december 1996. These digital broadcasts are picked up by the BBC Worldservice and retransmitted via satellite. Through a network of local radio stations the programs of B92 can be heard throughout Serbia, despite repeated attempts by the authorities to silence the station. At this moment it is still possible to follow the broadcasts of Radio B92 in real audio on their website, at http://www.b92.net In light of the current tense situation it is very likely that the possibilities of B92 to continue its independent news service will be limited even further. The support group therefore intends to take measures to distribute news by and about B92 from Amsterdam. For that purpose a special website has been opened at http://helpB92.xs4all.nl B92 is the backbone of the independent news service in Yugoslavia. Without immediate financial support this last source of independent news for the inhabitants of this region is endangered. A fundraising campaign is being started by the support group, in order to send money and equipment to B92 and other independent radio stations in Serbia and Kosovo as soon as possible. The founders of the support group are: B92, De Balie, De Digitale Stad, Next 5 Minutes, Press Now, radioqualia (Australia), De Waag (MONM) en XS4ALL. The Postbank account for donations is 7676, made payable to Press Now in Amsterdam, please specify "Help B92". For more information or to send messages of support, please e-mail: helpB92@xs4all.nl You can also digitally support this initiative by copying the special logo onto your website and linking to Help B92.