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FW: ANEM CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ABANDON PLANS TO BOMB SERBIA
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- Date: Mon, 05 Oct 1998 17:14:04 +0100
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FYI, aus der GILC-Liste
aber ich mahne zur Vorsicht, weil ich den Absender nicht
verifizieren konnte. Es klingt allerdings plausibel.
>Date: Mon, 5 Oct 1998 15:16:42 +0200
>From: "Felipe Rodriquez" <email@example.com>
>Subject: FW: ANEM CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ABANDON PLANS TO
>This message is from Gilc member Opennet/B92, it was posted in the Nettime
>On Behalf Of Veran Matic
>Subject: <nettime> ANEM CALLS ON INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY TO ABANDON
>PLANS TO BOMB
>[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
>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.