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Yugoslavia: Serbian Opposition TV, Radio Shut Down

Belgrade, 17 May 2000 (RFE/RL) - The Serbian government has shut down the main Serbian opposition television station, Studio-B, and the most popular independent radio, B2-92. Studio-B General Manager Dragan Kojadinovic says the action was carried out early this morning at the stations' headquarters in downtown Belgrade by policemen. Studio-B, which broadcasts to about half of Serbia, was under the control of Belgrade's opposition-run government. The station has been fined some $100,000 for broadcasting programs critical of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's policies.

The government said in a decree, signed by Deputy Premiers Vojislav Seselj and Milovan Bojic, that Studio-B was taken over because it has "frequently called for the toppling of the constitutional order" of Serbia. Radio B2-92 was shut down because it worked within the premises of Studio-B.