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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesman
Press Statement

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Press Statement by Nicholas Burns/Spokesman
June 6, 1997
Serbia: New Threat to Independent Media
The United States is concerned about reports that a number of radio and television stations have been threatened with closure and confiscation of equipment by the Serbian government if they continue to operate without government authority. The Ministry of Communications has stated that by the end of this week, some 500 stations could be ordered to cease broadcasting and apply for temporary operating permits.
We take this as an excuse to further curtail freedom of information and the development of an independent media. Our Embassy in Belgrade is monitoring the situation closely.
The United States strongly supports development of independent media, as do many of our partners in the international community. We will continue to do so.
Restricting the operation of radio and television stations sets back the process of democratization in Serbia and will further retard Serbia's integration into the international community.

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