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But Milosevic's media crackdown backfired. Opposition leaders hailed the censorship as a victory. They said that in their standoff with the authoritarian rule, the government had been the first to blink.

The state-run television buildings quickly became focal points of the marches. Protesters pelted the buildings with rocks, eggs, snowballs and paper airplanes, among other objects.

So despised is state-run television that when a person asked a cameraman for TV Belgrade which news organization he represented, the cameraman responded, "BBC."


RTS reporter on the street posing as a BBC reporter
movie icon 1.1M/32 sec. QuickTime movie

And following the lead of the democratic opposition and students, Radio B-92, one of the independent radio stations reporting on the protests whose signals were jammed, broadcast its news bulletins over the Internet...

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