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(en) Free Radio Berkeley Silenced

From Steve O <intexile@bari.iww.org>
Date Thu, 18 Jun 1998 00:42:54 -0700 (PDT)


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This is *NOT* an official press release.  There may be some inaccuracies
in this post.  We should have an official press release soon.

Yes, it's true.

At about 3 PM on Tuesday, June 16, 1998, Judge Claudia Wilken granted the
FCC an injunction against Stephen Dunifer, operator and founder of Free
Radio Berkeley 104.1 FM.  

Since January 1995, Free Radio Berkeley had been operating 24 hours a day,
7 days a week, with only occassional interruptions due to technical
difficulties.  We had done this since the same judge had refused to grant
the FCC the injunction it wanted.

Since then we've been fighting very hard to try and convince the judge to
take this case to trial on constitutional grounds that our lawyers think
are quite solidly in our favor.  However, the FCC has won this current
battle on legal technicalities that are simply too complex for me to
repeat here.

So, rather than jeopardize our situation, Free Radio Berkley has
temporarily gone off the air, but this is not the end of Free Radio
Berkeley or the free radio movement.  Many of us intend to fight this
injustice in the court of public opinion.

We'll be letting you know more as soon as it happens, but in the meantime,
please stay alert, and be prepared for the mother of all free speech
fights.

For more information, check out the Free Radio Website at
http://www.freeradio.org/

-Internal eXile 


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