|Marleen Stikker on Mon, 5 Oct 1998 16:21:47 +0200 (MET DST)|
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|nettime-nl: Urgent: ANEM CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ABANDON PLANS TOBOMB|
Ik stuur jullie hierbij een zeer urgent bericht van de onafhankelijke media organisaties uit Belgrado. De dreiging van de militaire ingreep vanaf a.s. woensdag heeft er toe geleid dat alle onafhankelijke mediamakers rechtstreeks worden bedreigd door het servische regime. Voor het eerst in alle jaren van oorlog is het nu zover dat een groot deel van het netwerk van mediamakers (B 92, Opennet, ANEM) op de vlucht slaan. We hebben i.s.m. Press Now voor een aantal visa kunnen regelen zodat zij vandaag en morgen het land kunnen verlaten. Onderstaand bericht is afkomstig van Veran Matic (ANEM Chairman). Het is belangrijk dat dit bericht bij pers en politici terecht komt. Stuur het dus svp door aan mensen die druk kunnen uitoefenen dat hier over wordt gepubliceerd of er voor kunnen zorgen dat er kamervragen worden gesteld. Marleen Stikker ____________________________________ [urgent - please forward to others] ANEM CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ABANDON PLANS TO BOMB Belgrade--October 4, 1998 Threats from the international community with military intervention because of the situation in Kosovo have generated a trully dramatical political and social situation in Serbia. For some time now, state media and the extremist nationalist parties have waged an intensive campaign against all who held different political views. The most direct threats have gone to the independent media. Serbian Deputy Prime Minister Vojislav Seselj openly threatens all who cooperate with foreign media, such as Voice of America, Deutsche Welle, Free Europe, Radio France International, the BBC, with punishment (one possibilty is their being taken hostage). In his announcement of a linch (phrased "not even the Geneva Convention protects these [journalists]"), Serbian deputy prime minister is preparing the public for a mass physical showdown with independent journalists. A large number of politicians of the ruling coalition has joined in with his threats. Radio B92 and all members of the ANEM Radio Network (currently 33 of them in Serbia and Montenegro), which jointly cover some 80% of the Yugoslav population, carry Voice of America's, BBC's and Radio Free Europe's programs. A great number of Radio B92's and ANEM's journalists also work as correspondents of a number of international media. There is no doubt that the official threats are sent exactly to Radio B92 and ANEM. Why have these media, rather than an opposition party, become the greatest enemy of the Serbian regime? The answer is very simple: the independent media, especially electronic, are in fact the greatest obstacle to the creation of a mass nationalist and war hysteria. These media's advocacy of anti-war position presented a great hindrance to the regime during the wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Daily professional and objective reports on what is going on in Kosovo are now creating suspicion and resistance to the idea that state military force and large scale repression can effect peace, stability and territorial wholeness of the country. The independent media in Yugoslavia will probably soon face pressure and challenge characteristic of totalitarian regimes in war situations. Apart from the daily threats and calls to physical showdowns with journalists, the state will most probably undertake a mass closure and ban action against the independent media, and introduce censorship over those outlets which are allowed to continue broadcasts. ANEM members and Radio B92 are carrying out serious preparations to face such developments. Our main goal is on no account to give up our basic work and to continue to supply professional and objective information to the local and international public on everything that is going on in the country and the world. In the dramatic days that lie ahead we must once again reiterate our position that international military intervention would be a wrong and harmful political move, an indication of political and statesmen's incapabilty and of a lack of a true strategy and vision of a long-term solution for the years-long drama of the Balkans. The possible air raids against Yugoslavia will put a powerful weapon into the hands of all conservative and nationalist forces here, and cause desperation and loss of direction to all who have for years now stood up to the policy of hatred and violence. The general popular feeling of the Serb nation as a victim and the international conspiracy against it that would arise would generate a spirit of revenge and isolationism, which is one of the key goals the Milosevic regime has had since his taking the helm of Serbia. Due to all this, we must all create an atmosphere of opposition and prepare concrete actions to protect all values we have been fighting for. The survival of the independent media is crucial for the outlook of this part of the world not only in half a year but also in ten years. Those who refuse to think about that now will have to pay an enormously higher price in the near future. Veran Matic (ANEM Chairman) --- # distributed via nettime-l : no commercial use without permission # <nettime> is a closed moderated mailinglist for net criticism, # collaborative text filtering and cultural politics of the nets # more info: firstname.lastname@example.org and "info nettime-l" in the msg body # URL: http://www.desk.nl/~nettime/ contact: email@example.com ______________________________________________ COORDINATES: Marleen Stikker Director Society for Old and New Media / Maatschappij voor Oude en Nieuwe Media De Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam Tel: +31-20-557.9898, Fax: +31-20-557.9880 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.waag.org en Name.Space: http://waag.free.zone ______________________________________________ -- * Verspreid via nettime-nl. Commercieel gebruik niet toegestaan zonder * toestemming. <nettime-nl> is een gesloten en gemodereerde mailinglist * over net-kritiek. Meer info: email@example.com met 'info nettime-nl' in de * tekst v/d email. 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