Serb government takes control of opposition TV

BELGRADE, May 17, 2000 -- (Reuters) The Serbian government said on Wednesday it had taken control of opposition-run Studio B television, accusing it of calling for the overthrow of the authorities.

An official statement read out on Studio B television said: "The Serb government decided to take over all means of Studio B."

The director and editor-in-chief of Studio B, Dragan Kojavinovic, said the authorities had also shut down B2-92 radio as well of another independent radio station, both with premises in the same building in Belgrade as Studio B.

He said police moved into the building at around 2 a.m. (MIDNIGHT GMT) and that none of the employees could now enter.

"This is the beginning of a state of emergency," Kojavinovic told Reuters.

Studio B was controlled by Belgrade city hall, which in turn is currently controlled by the Serbian Renewal Movement (SPO), the largest opposition party in Serbia.

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