Kosovo newspaper ordered shut for non-payment of fine

PRISTINA, Jul 28, 2000 -- (AFP) The temporary commission for Kosovo media ordered the Albanian-language Dita daily to shut Thursday until it pays a 12,000-dollar (12,750-euro) fine for inciting hatred, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe announced.

The newspaper was ordered last week to pay the fine before Tuesday, after this month publishing the name and addresses of 15 people described as war criminals.

It was Dita's fourth condemnation in two months. It was temporarily closed by Kosovo's UN administrator, Bernard Kouchner, in June when a UN Serb employee was kidnapped and killed after he was accused by Dita of being a former paramilitary.

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