CPJ condemns attack on Basque broadcaster

December 31, 2008 3:06 PM ET

We issued the following statement in reaction to the car bomb explosion this morning outside the offices of EITB, a public radio and television broadcaster known for its balanced news coverage with headquarters in Bilbao, the main city of Spain's Basque Country. The bomb exploded at around 11 a.m. after a warning call from the armed separatist group ETA tipped a fire brigade, EITB reported on its Web site. The broadcaster's premises had been evacuated; no deaths and one minor injury were reported, The Associated Press said...

"We condemn this cowardly attempt to terrorize an independent broadcaster and stand in solidarity with our colleagues at EITB," said CPJ's Europe and Central Asia Program Coordinator Nina Ognianova. "We call on Spanish authorities to do everything in their power to stop the violence against the media in Basque Country."

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