RN: “Balance the rant” re: Yugoslavia


Jan Slakov

Dear RN list,   April 5

A couple of readers have expressed concern (or disgust) with what seems to
be unfair coverage of the crisis in the former Yugoslavia on the
cyberjournal and RN lists.

One of these people, James Crombie, has gone to the trouble to thoughfully
critique cj #914 and to find information on the human rights situation in
Kosovo. I think it best not to send these postings out over the list lest I
overload it, but I would be quite happy to send them to anyone who would
like them.

Another, Lou Stone, wrote:

Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 19:16:08 -0800
From: Lou Stone <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: CNN/State Dept. on Kosovo

Now that you have ranted about the conflict of interest in the media, as is
correct to do, now please balance the rant about the ethnic cleansing of
the Albanians.

While you're at it, please produce a rant for the ethnic cleansing in the
Americas of the aboriginal peoples by the English speaking Christians and
the concomitant capitalism so tight to the media conflicts of interest.

Lou Stone
Member, Lakes Nation
Well, I'd rather avoid things I would call "rants" but I do think it is
important that we not overlook atrocities committed by the Serbian
government and/or people in our digust over what is being done in our name.
And yes, what happened to native people in my own country and everywhere is
shocking and needs attention too. Not just what happened in the past, but
what is happening now...

Anyhow, being against the bombing does not necessarily mean we are FOR
Milosovitch and indeed, I think we ought to do what our governments ought to
be doing and ought to have done: work to strengthen democracy and civil
society in the former Yugoslavia. Actually, I think this type of work is the
most reasonable response to the current situation. 

HOw might we work to strenghten democracy and civil society in the former
Yugoslavia? There are lots of ways; we need to find out who was doing useful
work in the former Yugoslavia and work to help them get back to their work
(rather than having to flee the bombing and its consequences). 

And below is a message with a very concrete idea of how we can help. 

all the best, Jan
From: "Janet M. Eaton" <•••@••.•••>
To: •••@••.•••
Date: Sun, 4 Apr 1999 08:15:53 +0000
Subject: [GSN] FW: Help Radio B92 


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Date:          Sat, 3 Apr 1999 23:19:19 -0800 (PST)
From:          MichaelP <•••@••.•••>
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Subject:       [GSN] FW: Help Radio B92 

From: MichaelP <•••@••.•••>

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Date: Sun, 04 Apr 1999 08:03:48 +0100
From: Karl Waldron <•••@••.•••>
Subject: FW: Help Radio B92

From: •••@••.•••

Dear All,

Radio B92 is now banned from broadcasting its independent
news. The Yugoslavia government closed their studio and

A group of people from Europe and from around the world are
staging a campaign to help B92 continue to provide news
updates about the situation in Yugoslavia as it develops.
The campaign is centred in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,
through the internet service provider, XS4ALL and the
cultural organisation, De Balie.  The group aim to achieve
this through the establishment of a fundraising campaign, a
website and a Real Audio service.

The current crisis situation in Yugoslavia means that the
potential for B92 continuing its independent news service is
limited.  The recently founded support group intends to take
measures to distribute news by and about B92, from
Amsterdam.  For this purpose a special website has been


B92 is the backbone of the independent news service in
Yugoslavia.  Without immediate support this last source of
independent news for the inhabitants of this region is
endangered. A campaign has been started by the support
group, with the objective of sending money and equipment to
B92 and other independent radio stations in Serbia and

There are four key ways that you can assist the group in its
support of B92.

1) Link to our website:


by using the logo from the website and promote the spreading
of this logo in any way you can. This logo is also attached
to this email.

After you've added our logo to your site you can list yourself
on our buttonpage.

Also link to the B92 website:


2) Help us raise funds for B92 and other endangered
independent news services from Serbia and Kosovo. The
special accountnumber that has been  opened for donations is
7676 (Postbank, Netherlands).

by international money order payable to:
Press Now
Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10
1017 RR Amsterdam

or by international bank transfer to:
Postbank Amsterdam
Swift address:  INGBNL2A
Accountnumber:  7676
in the name of: Press Now (adress above)
Please specify "Help B92".

3) Distribute the press release about the fundraising
campaign to your local media and politicians. You will
find the press release at the end of this email.

4) Sign the guestbook on the website if you want to express
your individual support or, if you represent an organisation
that wants to become part of the support group, mail us more
details about the organisation and nature of the support
offered, preferably accompanied by a small logo in
gif-format to include on our website.

The Help B92 Team:

B92:                            http://www.b92.net/
De Balie:                       http://www.balie.nl/
De Digitale Stad:               http://www.dds.nl/
Next 5 Minutes:                 http://www.n5m.org/
Press Now:                      http://www.dds.nl/~pressnow/
radioqualia (Australia):        http://www.radioqualia.va.com.au/
De Waag (MONM):                 http://www.waag.org/
XS4ALL:                         http://www.xs4all.nl/

Please Note that the following is the new link for B92
internet audio stream:



Press Release
April 3 1999

Latest news: http://helpb92.xs4all.nl

The last message from Yugoslavia's most prominent independent
broadcaster -B92 - as government officials and the police moved in on
April 2, 1999, to take over the station and silence the last vestiges of
free speech in Serbia was -  'Keep The Faith!'

HelpB92 was launched on March 25, 1999, to do just that. The support
group uses Internet technology to enable  B92 and all other banned
independent media in Yugoslavia defend their right to speak freely, and
the pivotal role of free media to regional stability.

The action against B92 comes at the end of a week of intense media
repression against independent media in Yugoslavia. On March 24,
government officials confiscated B92's transmitter, cutting off direct
radio broadcasts to Belgrade. B92 responded by harnessing the power of
the Internet and Real Audio, satellite, medium wave broadcasts and
solidarity rebroadcasting across the world to its struggle for free
speech. B92 supporters responded in record number - the B92 web site had
15 million visitors in just 7 days.

At the same time, in the past ten days, ten rebroadcasters of B92's news
from the Association of Independent Electronic Media - ANEM have been
closed down by the government. Other ANEM members have the either taken
themselves voluntarily off the air rather than re-broadcast the
propaganda of state radio and TV, which they must do by law when the
country is in a state of war, or have been taken over by the government.

In Kosovo, the offices of the two most important alternative Albanian
language media - Koha and Radio 21 - have also been destroyed and their
staff have fled the country.

The closure of B92, on April 2, 1999, means that the only source of
information left for audiences and viewers in the region is the
state-controlled Radio Television Serbia.

All the journalists from these banned independent media are now in dire
straits and money is urgently needed to help assist these journalists to
find new means to get news out.

We therefore ask people to please express their involvement and support
this cause by donating money to the special HelpB92 fund, bank account
number 7676, Postbank Amsterdam, Swift address INGBNL2A, in the name of
Press Now. Please specify 'Help B92'

In the last week, HelpB92 has received an enormous amount of support
from around the globe. In Spain, Germany, Italy, Japan and Australia
supporting web sites have been established in their national languages.
Hundreds of people and organisations have
placed the HelpB92 logo and link to the web site on their home pages and
signed the interactive guest book.

Future actions include benefit concerts, global rebroadcasting
initiatives and Internet Real Audio actions.

HelpB92 was founded by: B92, De Balie, De Digitale Stad, Next 5 Minutes,
Press Now, Public Netbase (Austria), radioqualia (Australia), De Waag
(MONM) and XS4ALL Internet.

B92 Website: http://www.b92.net
HelpB92 campaign: http://helpb92.xs4all.nl
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