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ALERT UPDATE - FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA (KOSOVO)
11 March 1998
Measures taken against independent media
**Updates information in an IFEX alert of 9 March 1998 put out by the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)**
(RSF/IFEX) - According to RSF, on 9 March 1998, the Attorney General for Belgrade confirmed that he took "appropriate measures" against the editors-in-chief of the newspapers "Blic", "Nasa Borba", "Danas", "Dnevni Telegraf", "Demokratija" as well as "certain television stations", which encouraged "the acts of terrorists" and gave "a false image of the acts of the Serbian police in Kosovo." On 10 March 1998, Slavko Curuvija, editor-in-chief of "Dnevni Telegraf", and Ivan Mrdjen, editor of "Nasa Borba", were taken to a police station and interrogated about the standpoints of their respective newspapers regarding ongoing events in Kosovo.
RSF is concerned about the steps taken by the Attorney General against the independent media in Serbia. RSF notes that these new measures will reinforce the systematic indictment against Serbian independent media as being "in the hands of outside interests" intent on "destabilizing the country." RSF also notes that the media which has been the subject of attack so far are the only voices in Serbia seeking to provide independent coverage of the conflict in Kosovo.
For further information, contact Alexandre Levy or Phillippe Guerrier at RSF, 5, rue Geoffroy Marie, Paris 75009, France, tel: +33 1 44 83 84 84, fax: +33 1 45 23 11 51, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, Internet: http://www.rsf.fr
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