15 October 1998


Newspaper banned

Incident details


(RSF/IFEX) - RSF is protesting the ban imposed on the independent daily
"Nasa Borba" in Belgrade. According to RSF's information, on 15 October
1998, "Nasa Borba" was banned from publication by order of the Serbian
Information Ministry. On 12 October, the daily had been accused of "inciting
fear, panic and defeatism" in a letter signed by Aleksandar Vucic, Serbia's
Minister of Information. The Minister had also threatened to close "Nasa

**Updates IFEX alerts of 14 October 1998. For background on harassment of
independent media in FRY, see recent IFEX alerts**

Background Information

On 13 and 14 October, the dailies "Danas" and "Dnevni Telegraf" were also
banned under orders from the Serbian Information Ministry, for the same
reasons. On 9 and 10 October, radio stations Senta and Index were suspended
by authorities and their equipment was seized.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to the President:

  • protesting the ban imposed on the daily "Nasa Borba"
  • urging him to make every possible effort to assure that the newspaper is
    able to publish freely
  • reminding him that this incident falls in line with the ongoing campaign
    of threats and defamation which, under the pretext of the threat of NATO
    bombardment, aims to reduce and silence independent media outlets in Serbia
  • expressing the opinion that recent measures against independent media by
    authorities in Belgrade are in direct violation of the International
    Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by Yugoslavia
  • demanding the immediate lifting of suspensions on the dailies "Danas",
    "Dnevni Telegraf" and "Nasa Borba" and the radio stations Index and Senta

    Appeals To

    Mr. Slobodan Milosevic
    President of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Belgrade, Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
    Fax : +381 11 636 775

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51

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