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Voice of America Statement on Attack Against Goran Gavrilov

VOA condemns the attack against Goran Gavrilov, General Manager of Kanal 77

Washington, D.C. January 28, 2008 -- The Voice of America condemns the attack against Goran Gavrilov, General Manager of Kanal 77. Mr. Gavrilov was beaten violently outside his home in Stip, Macedonia on the night of January 25.

"We call for a full and complete investigation of the circumstances surrounding this brutal attack," said Danforth Austin, Director of the Voice of America. "To tolerate such violence against the media - the free flow of ideas - would be a step backwards for Macedonia."

Kanal 77 rebroadcasts VOA's Macedonian-language radio programs across its nation-wide network. The private network has been an important partner in transmitting VOA's news and information to the audience across Macedonia during its democratic transition.

The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S. government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA broadcasts more than 1,000 hours of news, information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an estimated worldwide audience of more than 115 million people. Programs are produced in 45 languages.

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