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Croatia Media Strike Against State Control With AM-Yugoslavia

December 28, 1992

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) _ About 1,000 employees of one of Croatia’s major newspapers went on a 24- hour warning strike Monday to protest government control through a state- appointed Agency for Privatization.

The strike at Slobodna Dalmacija, of Split, was the first of its kind in independent Croatia, whose ex-Communist president, Franjo Tudjman, has often drawn fire for imposing state control over news media.

The newspaper is known for its editorial independence.

The strike followed disputes with the paper’s board named by the state-run privatization agency, supposedly to steer the paper into private ownership.

In a telephone interview, deputy editor-in-chief Ilija Marsic complained ″they interfered with ... policy, which was not within their authority.″

The newspaper said Monday it would run a black masthead in the New Year’s issue Thursday and threaten a longer strike if the situation remained unclear.

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