FOR FREE B92
is the campaign for the return of Radio B92 to its rightful
owners - the people who founded it, developed it and made it
the most famous voice of free and democratic Serbia. After two
brief closures, Radio B92 was permanently taken over on April
2, 1999 by the regime of Slobodan Milosevic.
B92 campaign has carried on with virtually all the projects
B92 was involved in up to the seizure - the promotion of free
speech, objective reporting, social tolerance and solidarity,
minority cultures, cosmopolitan values and alternative culture.
One particular goal is to prevail against the increasing social
and, especially, media repression with which the regime has
responded to the demands for opening and democratising the society.
deals especially with the position of independent media in Yugoslavia,
providing information to the international public as well as
conducting and coordinating activities to support journalists
and media who are under threat in various ways. Free B92 is
supported in this by progressive international institutions
such as AMARC (The World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters),
the IFJ (the International Federation of Journalists), the IPI
(the International Press Institute) and others.
publishes objective information which sheds light on the bombing
of Yugoslavia and the effects the attacks had on everyday life,
the political arena and the independent media.
months of the takeover of Radio B92, Free B92 managed to resume
almost all its former activities. In cooperation with Studio
B, the radio program B2-92 began broadcasting on 99.1 MHz FM
on August 9, 1999. Despite constant jamming by the regime this
program, according to surveys by Strategic Marketing, quickly
became the highest-rated in Belgrade as had been Radio B92 before
took over Studio B on May 16, 2000, terminating the Radio B2-92
program on 99.1 FM. Despite this we have continued to broadcast
on satellite (six hours a day) as well as on the Internet (24
hours). We hope to expand the satellite program to 24 hours
in the near future. At the moment Radio B2-92 is heard on the
ANEM network of more than thirty radio stations throughout Serbia.
It is also available abroad. Budapest's Radio Tilos broadcasts
the B2-92 evening current affairs program in Serbian. Radio
B2-92 news in English will be heard on Radio Inicijativa from
Lavrov, Ukraine - 102.5 MHz FM, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays
between 18:50 and 19:00 (satellite broadcast) and in Ukrainian
(translation of the day's top stories) between 21:00 and 21:10.
of the Free B92 campaign, other divisions of the former Radio
B92 have resumed their regular activities.
restoration of the ANEM network, the production of television
news and current affairs programs for ANEM's television stations
resumed. In addition to special reports on day-to-day political
events, this includes the weekly programs Face to Face, Who's
to Blame, and Stop the Violence, series covering all forms of
repression and means of defence against it. ANEM Television
Production also resumed production of video clips and political
activism clips. A number of specials produced in this period
have won awards. Among them are "Anatomy of Pain" (about the
bombing of Serbia's state radio and television, directed by
Janko Baljak and "Are they bombing near your place too?" (about
life in Belgrade under NATO bombs) directed by Vlada Masic,
Jovana Krstanovic and Radivoje Andric. An important part of
ANEM Television's activities is the distribution of high-quality
foreign series (210 minutes per week) and exclusive live coverage
of NBA games.
record label has produced new albums from bands like Darkwood
Dub and Kanda, Kodza i Nebojsa as well as three compilations
of high quality contemporary Belgrade music.
division has published important titles from the field of individual
and collective responsibility as well as civil reconciliation.
Authors represented include Karl Jaspers, George Soros, Frano
Cetinic, Jasmina Tesanovic, Predrag "Corax" Koraksic and others.
The literature and social issues periodical Rec has resumed
publication, in both print and electronic form. Women's literature
quarterly ProFemina has recently been published in electronic
culture centre, Cinema Rex, was renamed CyberRex and, virtually
without pause, resumed the presentation of alternative artistic
events and political activism by artists. CyberRex's specialised
field of activity is the education of artists and cultural activists,
especially in the field of new media.
has also stepped up its Internet activity. By expanding its
reputation as the leading source of objective reporting from
Yugoslavia, Free B92 has opened a series of discussions on the
situation in Yugoslavia and has taken the use of the Internet
as a tactical media in the fight against repression to a new
level. An average of more than 500,000 visitors to the site
each month have made Free B92's Web site the focus of an on-line
community concerned with the struggle for democratisation of