CJFE joins campaign to support Radio B92 in Belgrade

Friday, March 26, 1999
Radio B92 is under attack in Belgrade, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. Its transmitter has been seized, but it can still be heard on the Internet with Real Audio at http://www.b92.net, or through mirror sites such as http://helpB92.xs4all.nl, which also has all the latest news about attacks on independent radio in the region. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression CJFE) has joined the campaign to support Radio B92, which is a founding member of the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM). ANEM is a member of the International Freedom of Expression eXchange (IFEX), a network of 38 freedom of expression organizations around the world. CJFE operates the IFEX Clearing House on behalf of the IFEX membership. The Clearing House is an electronic wire service which circulates news such as the crackdown on independent media in the former Yugoslavia. CJFE strongly urges media and individuals to support this cause, by making a donation, mirroring the site or putting a link on your own website. CJFE today made a grant of $500 to the cause from its Journalists in Distress fund. There is also a link to the B92's Support Group's website on CJFE's homepage. Below, please find a press release from B92's support coalition. HELP B92 AND THE INDEPENDENT MEDIA IN YUGOSLAVIA Early on 24 March, the transmitter of Radio B92 from Belgrade was confiscated by the Serbian authorities. The editor-in-chief, Veran Matic, was held in custody in a police station for well over eight hours. Despite this intimidation the station continues its independent news service. At De Balie in Amsterdam a support group was founded on 24 March, which intends to support B92 and other independent media in Yugoslavia where possible in the continuation of these important news services. With the support of Internet provider XS4ALL, B92 also transmits its signals via Internet since December 1996. These digital broadcasts are picked up by the BBC Worldservice and retransmitted via satellite. Through a network of local radio stations the programs of B92 can be heard throughout Serbia, despite repeated attempts by the authorities to silence the station. At this moment it is still possible to follow the broadcasts of Radio B92 in Real Audio on their website, at http://www.b92.net. In light of the current tense situation it is very likely that the possibilities of B92 to continue its independent news service will be limited even further. The support group therefore intends to take measures to distribute news by and about B92 from Amsterdam. For that purpose a special website has been opened at http://helpB92.xs4all.nl. B92 is the backbone of the independent news service in Yugoslavia. Without immediate financial support this last source of independent news for the inhabitants of this region is endangered. A fundraising campaign is being started by the support group, in order to send money and equipment to B92 and other independent radio stations in Serbia and Kosovo as soon as possible. The founders of the support group are: B92, De Balie, De Digitale Stad, Next 5 Minutes, Press Now, radioqualia (Australia), De Waag (MONM) and XS4ALL. For more information or to send messages of support, please e-mail: helpB92@xs4all.nl. You can also digitally support this initiative by copying the special logo onto your website and linking to Help B92. Use the HelpB92 logo on your homepage and copy the following html to create an instant link to the http://helpB92.xs4all.nl homepage.

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