Radio silenced

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The Independent Online
The Slovak ministry of transport and communications cancelled Radio Free Europe's (RFE) rights to broadcast on a Slovak medium-wave frequency, RFE journalists said yesterday, Reuter reports from Bratislava.

The ministry notified RFE headquarters in Munich that a contract signed in 1990 between RFE and Czechoslovak authorities, allowing broadcasting on medium wave until 1996, would be terminated by 31 January. The ministry called the contract 'irrelevant at present because it is based on the decision of authorities of a non-existent state'.