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felipe rodriquez wrote:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-discussion@hippiesfromhell.org
> [mailto:owner-discussion@hippiesfromhell.org] On Behalf Of Maurice
> Wessling
> Sent: Tuesday, April 13, 1999 9:56 PM
> To: discussion@hippiesfromhell.org
> Subject: B92 Press Release
> BELGRADE, April 13, 1999 -- The new management of Radio B92, headed by
> the self-styled manager, Aleksandar Nikacevic, seized control of Radio
> B92 from the hands of its staff on April 2, 1999, with no legal grounds
> to do so. Radio B92 is a socially owned company. Under Serbian law this
> means that the employees of the company are responsible for hiring and
> firing senior management. The new management was appointed by the
> Belgrade Youth Council, which claims that Radio B92 is its subsidiary.
> Ten days earlier, on March 24, the Yugoslav Telecommunications Ministry
> banned Radio B92, seizing essential transmission equipment to prevent
> the resumption of broadcasts. To justify this, the Ministry alleged that
> B92 had exceeded its maximum permitted transmission power of 300 W. In
> fact B92 had been broadcasting at between 190 and 220 W. It appears that
> the ban on transmission does not apply to the usurping management. On
> April 12, that management began broadcasting from the B92 transmitter on
> 92.5 MHz, using the "B92" call signal.
> The transmission power is approximately 1,000 W.
> Why did a group of war profiteers close to government circles get the
> green light to seize Radio B92 as a trophy of war? The reason most often
> cited is a letter from B92 Editor-in-Chief Veran Matic. The letter,
> which was published in the New York Times and Le Monde, protested
> against NATO's military intervention in Yugoslavia. It also criticised
> the Milosevic government.
> Radio B92 has been familiar to Belgraders for almost a decade. In the
> past three years it has become known worldwide as a champion of
> democracy and free speech in Serbia. All the staff of this Belgrade
> broadcaster have expressed the strongest opposition to the usurping
> management. No staff member has or will cooperate in any way with them,
> nor will they collaborate in ruining the reputation it has taken them a
> decade to build. The team of the only legitimate Radio B92 emphasises
> that it has no connection with the program which began broadcasting
> yesterday on the 92.5 MHz frequency in Belgrade.
> Radio B92 has traditionally been a rallying-point for the Belgrade
> public. Under normal circumstances we would call on that public to
> defend the radio they trust, the radio which rates Number One in
> Belgrade. However, thanks to the war and the critical situation in the
> country, the closure and takeover of the station have gone unreported in
> most media. In these circumstances the Radio B92 team is restricted to
> seeking redress through the courts for the unscrupulous takeover of the
> station and the destruction of the name and image of Radio B92, both
> within Yugoslavia and abroad.
> The legal procedures so far begun include an appeal against the court
> decision appointing Aleksandar Nikacevic manager of Radio B92. Charges
> have also been pressed against Nikacevic and the Belgrade Youth Council
> director, Vlada Zagradjanin, for unlawful seizure of the Belgrade
> premises and equipment of ANEM, the Association of Independent
> Electronic Media in Yugoslavia. ANEM, of which Radio B92 is a founding
> member, is a totally separate business entity from B92 and its takeover
> is not supported by even the putative court decision invoked in the case
> of B92.
> The staff of B92 will also demand the revocation of new company
> documents registered by the courts and used to facilitate the takeover
> of the station. These documents were lodged by a person not authorised
> to do so.
> The staff of Radio B92 assert that the state of war must not mean
> anarchy. On the contrary, it should result in the strictest respect for
> the law. Since the moment they first charged in and took control of our
> studios by force, the usurpers have taken one illegal step after
> another.
> The staff of Radio B92 are compelled to acknowledge that force is on the
> side of the usurping management. They emphasise, however, that law and
> justice are not.
> This is the third time in its ten-year history that our station has been
> banned. We shall endeavour to preserve the Radio B92 team and to begin a
> number of projects. These will clearly prove that the Radio B92 known to
> the world before this forced takeover still exists. The B92 staff have
> managed to preserve the station's web site under their control. This
> will not be updated until the radio is returned to its staff.
> The most radical manifestation so far of Serbia's Draconian repression
> of its independent media was the murder, just two days ago, of Slavko
> Curuvija, the owner and editor-in-chief of the independent daily Dnevni
> telegraf and the fortnightly Evropljanin. This appalling crime has made
> it almost impossible to guarantee safety and normal working conditions
> for independent media and journalists.
> In addition to the enemy within, a new enemy without has appeared.
> Friendly mentions of independent media in Yugoslavia by politicians from
> NATO countries have been interpreted in this country as calls for the
> lynching of staff from those media. Radio B92 has been by far the most
> prominent target for such attacks.
> The primary aim of B92's leadership is now to protect all staff members
> from blackmail, arrest, satanisation and libellous accusations of
> espionage and fifth columnism. All of this in a country now debating the
> reintroduction of the death penalty.
> While the NATO bombing continues, it is practically impossible to
> establish any serious action which would return Radio B92 to its staff.
> There is no institution in the country which could help in these
> conditions. The team built up over ten years is now held hostage to
> circumstances. Offices and telephones are hard to come by, there is no
> gasoline, communication systems are breaking down. The leaders of the
> B92 team are under constant surveillance. All this has reduced their
> ability to take action.
> Despite these difficulties, B92 will endeavour to maintain the
> continuity of its work. We expect to soon accommodate the laid-off team
> in new premises. In the meantime B92 will launch an action to support
> the 45 full-time employees and some thirty part-time staff. Project Free
> B92, launched by Help B92, will play an important role in this.
> We call on international organisations, media, and other friendly
> parties to express their solidarity with Project Free B92 and assist us
> in establishing a new infrastructure for our activities. This would
> enable us to organise a number of projects to promote freedom of speech
> and expression and to be ready to resume work the moment the military
> intervention in Yugoslavia comes to an end.
> The Real B92 staff

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