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Trial of "Feral Tribune" journalists postponed until September

**Updates IFEX alerts dated 12 June and 8 May 1996**

The trial of "Feral Tribune" editor-in-chief Viktor Ivancic and
reporter Marinko Culic has been unexpectedly adjourned until 25
September 1996. After reading the indictment and the opening
defence statements, the judge adjourned the trial, saying that he
recognised the need to call new witnesses. The move was hailed by
observers as a victory for the defence and a response to the
international outcry over President Franjo Tudjman's efforts to
muzzle the Croatian independent media.

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Continue sending appeals to authorities:
  • urging them to drop all charges against Viktor Ivancic and
    Marinko Culic
  • calling on the immediate cessation of the harassment of the
    independent media in Croatia

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Franjo Tudjman
    President of the Republic of Croatia
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Fax: +385 1 443 075/444 532/456 5188

    Mr Ivica Mudrinic
    Minister of Maritime Affairs, Transport and Communication
    Prisavlje 14
    10000 Zagreb, Croatia
    Fax: +385 1 611 0691

    Minister of Internal Affairs
    Mr Ivan Jarnjak
    Ministarstvo za unutraSnje poslove Republike Hrvatske
    Savska cesta 39
    10000 Zagreb, Croatia
    Fax: +385 1 443 715

    Vlatko Pavletic
    President of the Parliament of the Republic of Croatia
    Fax: +385 1 443 124

    Jadranko Cranic
    President of the Constitutional Court
    Fax: +385 1 455 0908

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