MEDIA NEWS FOR COMMUNICATIONS WORLD MAY 27, 2000 BY GLENN HAUSER COLOMBIAN NEWS DIRECTORS FACE DEATH THREATS A survey published by Sabana University in Bogotá reports that 20 per cent of all news media directors in Colombia have received death threats. The survey’s results showed that the guerrillas, paramilitary and drug traffickers pose very severe threats to freedom of the press in Colombia. So reported the Radio Cadena Nacional website via BBC Monitoring. RADIO STATIONS TAKEN OVER IN PARAGUAY In Paraguay, three radio stations were seized temporarily by Oviedistas, who are supporters of a general who had previously attempted a coup d’etat. The Spanish news agency EFE via BBC Monitoring reports that commandos made up of retired military personnel took over Radio Cardinal, Radio Ñandutí, and 970-AM. BURMA PRESS ARTICLE Thunderbird, the online journalism review of the University of British Columbia, has published a four-part series on freedom of the press in Malaysia, the Philippines, and now Burma, detailing the difficulties faced by Voice of America, Radio Free Asia, and the Democratic Voice of Burma, in newsgathering and broadcasting into Myanmar. The link to the latest article, called `Radio Free Burma` is in the script for this report: http://www.journalism.ubc.ca/thunderbird/2000/march/burma.html MORE FREE SERBIAN WEB RADIO To counter increasing media controls in Yugoslavia, another station, Pancevo Radio, has started broadcasting on the internet, with news every hour, and the main bulletins at 0600 and 1421 GMT. BBC Monitoring, quoting B2-92, says Pancevo Radio is available via http://www.freeserbia.org Yugoslav authorities have taken B2-92 off the air. SOUTH LEBANON MEDIA CHANGES The Voice of Hope has closed down and crated up its short- and mediumwave transmitters which had been under Israeli protection in southern Lebanon. Hans Johnson of Cumbre DX reports that High Adventure Ministries, the American Protestants who own the station, have moved their shortwave service to transmitters of Deutsche Telekom, in Germany. BBC Monitoring also says the South Lebanon Army`s mouthpiece, the Voice of the South, which used to broadcast in Arabic from Kfar Killa on 756 kHz, was no longer heard on May 24th following the withdrawal of Israeli troops and the surrender or flight of SLA personnel. MSNBC COMES TO TURKEY The American-based Cable News Network had major problems trying to set up a branch in Turkey, but now its rival MSNBC has set up a joint news website with NTV, the Turkish news channel. The joint website is called, and this is a mouthful, NTVMSNBC. Turkish news will be disseminated to the world, via http://www.ntvmsnbc.com That was reported by `Birlik` in Nicosia, Cyprus, via BBC Monitoring. RADIO JAPAN`S 65TH ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL NHK Radio Japan commemorates its 65th anniversary June 1st. From May 29th to June 9th, NHK will be offering a special website with some English programming on demand, along with special interactive radio programs and news scripts. There might also be special shortwave programming. In the swprograms newsgroup, Richard Cuff refers us to http://www.nhk.or.jp/dream/ MAYAK SPECIAL BROADCAST AND MAKEOVER During Soviet times, the Mayak service was to be heard all over the shortwave bands, but it has been cut back and back until now there are no regular shortwave broadcasts except some lower frequency SSB relays via Belarus. But for three days only, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, May 26th, 27th and 28th, there is a one hour daily special shortwave test for the sake of nostalgia, and to give DX listeners one last chance to hear and verify Mayak on shortwave. Listen at 1500 UT on 15410, which is a 200 kilowatt transmitter in Novosibirsk beamed 291 degrees toward Moscow, the Riviera and Buenos Aires. Reception reports are actively solicited, preferably with brief soundfiles, to firstname.lastname@example.org Full data verifications will be made by E-mail, or if requested, by P-mail. Thanks to Sergei Sossedkin in Michigan for this news. Mayak`s manager Irina Gerasimova is also making drastic changes in personnel and style; forty new people have been hired and forty previous Mayak staffers are to be made redundant. First Deputy Chairman of the radio station Oleg Kupriyanov told `Nezavisimaya Gazeta` that in its new form Mayak is a helpless and pitiable parody of Ekho of Moskow radio rather than a serious news station... And that`s the media news on Communications World. For VOA News Now, I`m Glenn Hauser.