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Two Journalists Released After Being Detained By Croatian Serbs

June 9, 1995

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ Two journalists were detained by rebel Serbs in Croatia and held overnight before being released Thursday morning, U.N. officials said.

U.S. citizen William Fitz and Steen Ramsgaard of Denmark were captured by Serb militia near Sunja, a Serb-held town about 45 miles southeast of the Croatian capital of Zagreb, said James Kanu, a U.N. spokesman in the area.

A camera and tapes were confiscated, Kanu said.

The Serbs alleged the journalists were filming their military positions. They were released after interrogation.

Fitz was working for Euro Access, a Zagreb-based company that provides film footage on regional news events and logistics support for journalists covering them. Ramsgaard is a correspondent for Danmarks Radio Television.

Minority Serbs rebelled against Croatia’s secession from the former Yugoslavia in 1991 and seized about one-third of Croatian territory in a six-month war. The Croatian army retook some of that land last month.