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Monday, 6 March, 2000, 22:26 GMT
Serbian opposition condemns media raid


The opposition in Serbia has condemned what it called state terrorism against the major opposition radio and television station, Studio B.

The statement, issued after a meeting at Studio B, followed an attack on one of its transmitters outside the capital, Belgrade.

The head of Studio B, Dragan Kojadinovic, blamed the police for the attack and described the raid as part of a witch-hunt against free media.

The authorities have denied involvement in the incident.

Opposition figures have promised to take unspecified action to protect non-government media.

The BBC Belgrade correspondent says the Serbian government has been putting pressure on alternative media, using a new information law to bring legal action against those that don't follow the official line. Meanwhile, Studio B has been fined several thousand dollars in a libel suit filed by a police officer and in a separate case, has been told to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for the use of its frequencies, or face legal action.

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