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Solidarity with independent media

AMARC launches international campaign of solidarity with independent media in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia

International Campaign of Solidarity with independent media in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia On 3rd May, World Press Freedom Day, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) and HelpB92 are launching an international campaign of solidarity with Radio B92 and fifty other independent broadcasters from the Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM).

The solidarity action is being launched in protest at the blanket repression of broadcast and other media in and from FRY. We call on supporters of freedom of expression around the globe to join this action to assure the safety and continuing work of independent media activists during this time of extreme crisis and war.

Radio B92 and ANEM have won world-wide acclaim for their commitment during the past ten years to countering nationalist rhetoric, hatred and war in the Balkans.

The long-term goal of this international solidarity action is to get Radio B92 and all other ANEM stations back on the air and broadcasting free information as soon as possible. To enable them to realise this goal, we aim to twin fellow broadcasters, radio and television stations, freedom of expression organisations and activists from around the world with journalists and other staff from these independent media in the region.

The main focus of the launch is the mobilisation of community radio broadcasters throughout the world, many of whom will undertake solidarity broadcasts with ANEM and Radio B92 on World Press Freedom Day. AMARC President, Maria Victoria Polanco, will present the campaign in Bogota during the UNESCO celebrations of World Press Freedom Day.

For further information, please contact Brian Carty at

AMARC European Secretariat, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX, United Kingdom, tel: +44 114 221 0592, fax: +44 114 279 8976, e-mail:, website:

You can also contact:

Steve Buckley, Deputy President of AMARC, at +44 114 279 5219

Julia Glyn-Pickett, B92 spokesperson, at +44 797 108 7184

This action is supported by, among others: Centre for War, Peace and the News Media; Committee to Protect Journalists; Index on Censorship; Free Media Movement, Sri Lanka; Instituto Prensa y Sociedad, Peru; Sindicato de Periodistas del Paraguay; Reporters` Association of Thailand; Network for the Defence of Independent Media in Africa; Media Watch, Bangladesh; Media Institute of Southern Africa; Canadian Journalists for Free Expression; Article 19; Pacific Islands News Association; Hong Kong Journalists Association; Freedom House; Egyptian Organization for Human Rights; Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information, Indonesia; Periodistas, Argentina; Glasnost Defence Foundation, Russia; Norwegian Forum for Freedom of Expression; International Press Institute; West African Journalists Association; Greek Helsinki Monitor; Confd ration Nationale des Radios Libres, France; Organisatie van Lokale Omroepen in Nederland; Association of Non-Governmental Radio Broadcasters of Russia; National Community Radio Forum, South Africa; Community Media Association, United Kingdom

Source: Press Now

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