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Editor of radio-television station in Bela Crkva receives death threats

(ANEM/IFEX) - The following is an ANEM statement:

DEATH THREATS TO EDITOR OF RADIO-TELEVISION STATION IN BELA CRKVA

BELGRADE, August 10, 2007 - The Association of Independent Electronic Media (ANEM) demands that the authorities conduct, without delay, a full investigation of the circumstances related to death threats that Stefan Cvetkovic, editor-in-chief of independent radio-television station TNT in Bela Crkva, received by telephone.

Cvetkovic said that he has informed Internal Affairs Minister Dragan Jocic's cabinet of the threats and believes that this was an attempt to prevent the publication of a number of documents on criminal activities that have been uncovered by his station.

Freedom of expression is one of the basic foundations of a democratic society and one of the essential preconditions for its development and progress. ANEM recalls the many unexplained cases of threats and attacks on journalists, including the still unsolved murders of Slavko Curuvija and Milan Pantic, as well as the recent, also unsolved attempted murder of journalist Dejan Anastasijevic. ANEM demands a full investigation into the death threats against Stefan Cvetkovic by the authorities.

ANEM also demands an investigation into all other cases of threats and attacks on journalists and calls for the results of such investigations to be made known by the authorities. In a democratic society, it is imperative that journalists and media be protected from pressures. They must be allowed to work without fear for their safety and continue to inform the public on issues that are in the public interest.

Sasa Mirkovic
ANEM Chairman

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