Jun 1 2001

Macedonia War Gets Kosovo Treatment–in Reverse

In the lead-up to NATO’s Kosovo bombing campaign in 1999, U.S. media coverage took a propagandistic tone—blaming a long-standing, multi­faceted conflict almost entirely on the Serbs, or even solely on one man, Slobodan Milosevic. At the time, FAIR pointed to the region’s complex history of ethnic confrontation, including the chronic turmoil of the 1980s, when it was the Albanian majority, then enjoying broad political autonomy, that was accused of discrimination and abuses aimed at driving out the Slavic minority (Extra!, 5-6/99). Much of the media portrayed the Kosovo conflict as little more than a racial pogrom orchestrated by the Serbs […]

Jun 1 2001

Censorship at ‘Free-Speech Radio’

Pacifica stations delete information about the network’s crisis

The Pacifica radio network has been known for decades as the home of “listener-sponsored free speech radio.” But recent incidents in which Pacifica stations have failed to air regularly scheduled shows featuring discussions of Pacifica have left the network’s listener/sponsors in the dark about the growing Pacifica debate, even as mainstream media outlets are reporting on the story. While instances of Pacifica stations censoring or failing to air discussions about the network have been reported over the past several years, since December’s “Christmas coup”–when workers at Pacifica‘s New York City station, WBAI, were fired and banned from the station–incidents of […]