WMU News

Serbian journalist speaks at WMU April 7

April 2, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Giving an insider's view of the Kosovo conflict, an opposition Serbian journalist will speak at Western Michigan University Wednesday, April 7.

Vesna Radivojevic will share her "Reflections on Kosovo: The Point of View of an Independent Serbian Journalist" at 7:15 p.m. in Room 3502 of Knauss Hall. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Serbian media is state-controlled and Radivojevic is a member of a corps of Serbian journalists operating independently of those controls. She came to the United States under protection of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Radivojevic has recently been interviewed in The New York Times and on CNN, NBC, National Public Radio and the "Jim Lehrer News Hour" on PBS. Later this month, she will begin work as an intern for the Freedom House, an international pro-democracy organization with offices located in New York, Washington D.C., Hungary, Romania and the Ukraine.

Radivojevic's visit to Kalamazoo will continue Thursday, April 8 and Friday, April 9, and she will be available for media interviews on those days.

Her visit is sponsored by the WMU Political Science Graduate Student Association, International Students Services and the Departments of Political Science, Communication and Sociology.

Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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