Geert Lovink on Sat, 24 Apr 1999 21:48:29 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> ANEM Statement on the Bombing of RTS

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Date: Sat, 24 Apr 1999 15:43:42 +0200 (CEST)

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BELGRADE, April 24 -- The Association of Independent Electronic Media in
Yugoslavia (ANEM) strongly condemns NATOís bombing of the Belgrade premises of
Radio Television Serbia in the early hours of Friday morning. This bombing was
carried out at a time when staff were carrying out their normal duties in the
building. This attack on journalists is without precedent and is the most 
radical form of repression of the media. The attack resulted in the deaths 
of journalists, technicians and other staff, further demonstrating the
tragedy and destruction imposed on Yugoslavia by the continuation of NATO

History has shown that no form of repression, particularly the organised and
premeditated murder of journalists, can prevent the flow of information, nor
can it prevent the public from choosing its own sources of information.

ANEM reiterates its call for a the earliest possible halt to the NATO bombing
of Yugoslavia and for a peaceful solution to the current crisis. ANEM
particularly calls for an end to attacks on journalists and the media and
expects that the innocent victims of Thursday nightís attack will mark the end
of the bombing of media organisations.

ANEM expresses its sincere sympathy to the families of those who died in the
brutal attack on Radio Television Serbia.

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