[balkans] Support B92
- From:Greek Helsinki Monitor <office@...> SIGN THE APPEAL:
After ten years on the air, government officials - under cover of the
NATO air strikes against Yugoslavia - silenced the free voice of the
independent Belgrade radio station 'B92' on April 2, 1999. The illegal
government takeover of B92, left the station's listeners in Belgrade
and throughout Serbia and Montenegro cut off from a vital source of
unbiased and balanced news.
The illegal government takeover put a stop to the station's large
cultural and publishing department, which included several magazines,
editions of books, record labels, public debates and artistic actions.
The illegal government takeover severed a vital link between Belgrade
and the world, although this world always holds a place for Belgrade,
The illegal government repression of the free voice of B92 echoed
across the country, with often harsher measures being taken against
B92's fellow stations
in the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) and other
Albanian and Serbian-language independent media in Kosovo.
In the past 5 months, directors and staff of ANEM stations have been
detained and imprisoned, their staff forcibly mobilised and
transmitters and other
assets seized in an attempt to wipe the last vestiges of free speech
from the face of Yugoslavia.
This repression continues today.
The government takeover of B92 and the blanket repression of free media
in Yugoslavia represent a fundamental violation of the right of every
human being to freedom of speech and freedom of information.
So, let's win back our right to speak freely and have free information
Let's win back our right to listen to the best music.
Let's win our right to have the media we want.
Let's regain the right to have a Belgrade and a Serbia and a Yugoslavia
that is open to the world, in a world that is open to Belgrade and the
rest of our country.
Let's fight together to Free B92.
No radio exists without its listeners. I volunteer to be listed as a
listener of the original Radio B92 and I am signing this petition as an
act of support
for the radio's original editorial team in its effort to continue
making programs that inform and entertain me - on the same frequency,
92.5 FM, using
the same equipment, with same music, same news and the same people who
have been managing B92 for the past ten years.
Medienhilfe Ex-Jugoslawien, Postfach - CH 8031 Z�rich
Tel. +41 / (0)1 /272 46 37; Fax +41 / (0)1 /272 46 82
info@... /// http://www.medienhilfe.ch
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