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Spain31 December 2008

Basque public broadcaster targeted by ETA car-bomb

Reporters Without Borders condemns the bombing of Basque public broadcasterEiTB by the Basque armed separatist group ETA today in the northern city of Bilbao. A large explosive charge left in a truck parked outside the EiTB building went off at 11:05 a.m., shattering windows but causing no injuries. An anonymous caller identifying himself as an ETA member warned the authorities in advance about the bomb, and the building was evacuated before it went off.

“By setting off this unusually powerful bomb, ETA is trying to show that the latest arrests of its members have not brought it to its knees,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We firmly condemn this attempt to intimidate the public and journalists in the Basque county by a minority that wants to impose its will by force.”

Many other news media, including the TV station Antena 3, radio Onda Cero and the national daily El Mundo, have offices in the EiTB building. ETA often targets news media and journalists. Some 40 journalists continue to receive police protection because of the threats they have received from ETA, which is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”

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