Croatia: Indep. Radio looses licenc

Chris Burford cburford at gn.apc.org
Wed Sep 6 07:42:17 MDT 1995


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         Subject   :  AMARC-Aufruf: Kroatien (ENGLISCH)
         Date      :  01.09.95 00:00
         Author    :  F.FORSTER at 3LANDBOX.bawue.cl.sub.de

AMARC-Soliaufruf auf Englisch, demnaechst auch in deutscher Ueberstzung.
Auf Anfrage gibts das auch auf Franzoesich oder Spanisch.

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 CROATIA: INDEPENDENT RADIO STATION DENIED LICENCE

LABIN, CROATIA, AUGUST 1995 -- On August 11 the Council for
Telecommunications of the Republic of Croatia announced its
decision to grant a licence to broadcast in the city of Labin to
FFI Commerce, effectively decreeing that the existing station,
Radio L.A.E., go off the air.

FFI Commerce is a firm with connections to the ruling Croatian
Democratic Union (HDZ). Radio LAE is an independent station founded
by the Labin Art Express, an independent association of citizens
for the promotion and production of alternative culture and art.
Broadcasting since 1993, Radio LAE is widely recognised as the only
fully independent electronic medium in Croatia.

According to many observers of the media situation in Croatia, the
recent decision of the Council for Telecommunications is consistent
with previous decisions granting almost all available frequencies
to persons or groups close to the ruling party. The allocation of
frequencies was completely under government control, conducted by
a government-appointed body headed by Mr. Ivica Mudrinic, Minister
of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Communication. In addition to
granting frequencies to government supporters, Mr. Mudrinic has
repeatedly expressed his desire for increased government influence
over program content.

Radio LAE's programming pays special attention to alternative
music, culture and art. The station's information programming
features local news gathered by the station's staff and regional
and world information from sources such as the BBC and Deutsche
Welle. According to Dean Zahtila, director of Radio LAE, the
station's programming "is a thorn in the flesh of the ruling party
in Croatia, especially in this period when pre-election campaigns
are starting." For the ruling HDZ party the Labin radio station is
particularly sensitive because its signal reaches the entire Istria
region, an area in which the opposition Istrian Democratic Union
won during the last national elections.

Radio LAE and AMARC's Solidarity Network are requesting that
messages of protest be sent to Prime Minister Nikica Valentic and
to Mr. Ivica Mudrinic, Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and
Communication. Your messages should request:

      * That Radio LAE be allowed to continue to broadcast as an
      independent and pluralist voice in Croatia;
      * That the government establish an independent and non-
      partisan body to oversee all future broadcast licence
      concessions;
      * That decisions already made by the Council for
      Telecommunications be reviewed to ensure that they respond
      fully to the need for pluralistic and independent broadcast
      media.

Mr. Nikica Valentic
Prime Minister of the Republic
of Croatia
Markov trg 7
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Fax: +385-1-277 082

Mr. Ivica Mudrinic
Minister of Maritime Affairs,
Transport and Communication
Prisavlje 14
10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Fax: +385-1-611 0691

Messages of support and copies of your letters can be sent to Radio
LAE at:
d.o.o. Rudarska 1
52220 Labin, Croatia
Fax: +385-52-857 042 or 855289
Tel: +385-52-857-041

Please send copies of your faxes to AMARC's Solidarity Network at
the address below.

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