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Protests in Serbia Archive
Odraz B92 Daily News Service

      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service

      Odraz B92 vesti (by 10 PM), March 22, 1997

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      NEWS BY 10 PM

        New Threat to BK Television  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
        Washington Condemns Media Oppression . . . . . . . . . . . .  40
        Lilic to Withdraw  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  51
  15    Zajedno To Stand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  57
        Split in Montenegrin Opposition  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  68
        Policeman Shot in Kosovo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  73
        Eastern Slavonia Deadline Extended . . . . . . . . . . . . .  83


  20  NEWS BY 10 PM


      BK Television, the private broadcaster whose regional
      transmissions were closed down by the government on Thursday, is
  25  under a new threat. BK reported on Saturday that the new Yugoslav
      Minister for Telecommunications, Djcilo Radojevic has told the
      station management that they do not have a proper licence for any
      transmissions at all.

      The broadcaster's editorial board on Saturday released the
  30  following statement:

      ``If we have understood this message clearly, the drama about the
      continued work of BK Television is near the end. The Minister,
      unlike the Arbitration Court, believes that BK should be closed
      down, not only in regional areas, but also in Belgrade and Novi
  35  Sad.''

      BK announced that during Saturday evening it would broadcast
      reactions from politicians and other public figures. The Vojvodina
      Independent Association of Journalists and the Leskovac branch of
      Zajedno have already condemned government moves against BK.


      FoNet reports that an official Washington statement has described
      the Serbian government's blocking of BK Television broadcasts in
      southern Serbia as the continued imposition of restraints on
      independent media. The statement describes this as unacceptable
  45  and completely opposed to the recommendations of the OSCE.  The
      oppression of BK and the continued blocking of Radio Boom 93
      represented a political effort to prevent independent information
      from reaching the citizens of Serbia, and the new draft law on
      information was aimed at restricting, not expanding, the freedom
  50  of the media, the statement said.


      Yugoslav President Zoran Lilic has told Belgrade's Dnevni Telegraf
      that he would not stand again for the presidency in June, adding
      that he was banned by the constitution from seeking another term.

  55  ``I am leaving in June, when my mandate expires, and I do not yet
      know what I shall do after that,'' said Mr Lilic.


      Opposition leader and Mayor of Belgrade, Zoran Djindjic, told
      Radio B92 on Saturday that his Democratic Party will contest this
  60  year's elections as part of a coalition.

      ``We have decided not to take part in the elections if a deal on
      fair conditions has not been struck. There will be no bargains
      about election results, no panel discussions and other such time-
      wasting exercises, and there must be clear-cut election
  65  conditions. The Party Committee has unanimously decided to remain
      within the Zajedno coalition for the next elections,'' said Mr


      The president of the Montenegrin People's Party announced on
  70  Saturday that he had disbanded the Party Committee and all
      regional committees and called an urgent General Convention of the
      party to discuss the conflict between the party's two factions.


      Serb policeman Branislav Milovanovic was seriously wounded on
  75  Friday night in the Kosovo town of Podujevo. An unknown gunman
      fired five shots at Mr Milovanovic in a bar before running off. A
      spokesman for the Pristina hospital said on Saturday that the
      policeman is in a serious but stable condition.

      The Kosovo Information Centre said on Saturday that the attack on
  80  Mr Milovanovic had served as an excuse for police to harass and
      torture five Albanians from Podujevo. Albanian sources claimed
      that the situation in Podujevo was extremely tense.


      The Transitional Administrator for Eastern Slavonia, Jacques
  85  Klein, has announced an extension of time for voters to register
      in the region. The new deadline is April 5. The election campaign
      will run from March 25 until midnight on April 11.

      Prepared by: Goran Dimitrijevic
      Edited by: Steve Agnew

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      ODRAZ B92, Belgrade                             Daily News Service
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