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ANEM condemns campaign of intimidation against local television station

(ANEM/IFEX) - Belgrade, February 16, 2010 - The Association of Independent Electronic Media strongly condemns the attacks on one of its members, RTV B92, and the worsening of an already hostile working environment for the media that is threatening their activities and their role in a democratic society.

On February 15, the town of Lazarevac was once again covered with posters targeting RTV B92. The posters against the media outlet and ANEM member first appeared in Lazarevac two weeks ago, around the time that the "Insider" TV series was reporting on abuses committed in the Kolubara mining basin, located in this town. This time, the city was also covered with notices announcing the "death" of B92 and stating that the organizers of its funeral would be the B92 editor-in-chief and the those involved in producing "Insider". The local police have not yet identified the persons responsible for these death notices or those behind other posters that have been appearing in the city for the past three weeks.

The kind of atmosphere that can lead to an entire city being covered with posters calling for violence against investigative journalists serves as an indicator of the increasingly difficult position of journalists and media outlets who dare to critically report on the most serious issues in Serbia.

ANEM expresses its full solidarity with its journalist colleagues and the editorial team of RTV B92 and calls on the authorities to make the necessary efforts to preserve the fundamental role of the media in a democratic society - that of conveying information and ideas in the public interest. The media has the right to collect and report on such information and ideas, while the public has the right to freely receive them.

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