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Yugoslav Political Magazine Published

February 16, 1990

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ The first private political magazine in Communist Yugoslavia appeared on newsstands and reports said the government also plans to allow private radio and TV stations to open.

The 24-page first issue of Samouprava, released Thursday, dealt mainly with Yugoslavia’s economic and political crisis and included an editorial by dissident Milovan Djilas.

The editorial blamed the Communist Party for leading the country into the crisis.

Samouprava, a monthly with a circulation of about 10,000 copies, is printed in Novi Sad, capital of northern Vojvodina province.

A newspaper with the same name began during the prewar monarchy, but when the Communists came to power immediately after the war, the newspaper ceased to exist.

″Samouprava is not a party or a government organ and its pages will be open to all parties and any government,″ said chief editor Sinisa Nikolic.

Yugoslavia is changing its constitution, legalizing a multiparty system and preparing for its first free elections in 50 years in April.

The reform-minded government of Premier Ante Markovic said Wednesday it will amend federal laws on public information by June, allowing private radio and TV stations to operate.

″Everyone will be able to freely establish newspapers, radio and television stations,″ said Information Secretary Darko Marin, according to news reports Thursday.

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