October 5, 2000 --- Since this briefing was filed two days ago, Slobodan Milosevic has almost entirely lost control of state media, a main pillar of his power. Today, the state news agency Tanjug declared its independence from Milosevic and referred to opposition leader Vojislav Kostunica as the president-elect of Yugoslavia. Employees of the state television network RTS had already begun to resist broadcasting government propaganda before today, when protesters set fire to RTS headquarters in Belgrade, knocking the station of the air. Milosevic's whereabouts are currently unknown.---Ed.
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