By: Editorial Staff Federal Republic of Yugoslavia bans foreign correspondents; 13 journalists have lost their accreditation in recent weeks sp.
THE PRESIDENT OF the International Federation of Newspaper Publishers, commonly known by its French acronym FIEJ, has written to the president of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia protesting the government's recent decision to bar foreign correspondents from working in the country. K. Prescott Low demanded that Yugoslav President Zoran Lilic "take every step necessary to ensure that foreign correspondents are allowed to work freely in [the] country and that all the journalists who have lost their accreditations so far [be] immediately allowed to continue to practice their profession." At least 13 journalists have lost their accreditation since the country's information minister announced the government's intention. Among these are four newspeople from U.S. organizations: Johnathan Landay of the Christian Science Monitor and Marija Sever, Josko Znivarsic and Mariana Ivanovic of Cable News Network. Low said the government has the right to complain about news coverage via communiques. But, he added, "Banning foreign correspondents and reporters from covering the events in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia presents a serious attack on the freedom of information and press freedom in your country and will only further damage the country's reputation in the international community."