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Spain16 January 2009

Another Basque TV installation bombed

A bomb was exploded at around 1 a.m. today at the foot of a television transmitter in the Basque country causing limited damage and no injuries. The transmitter was located in the Santa Barbara hills near the city of Hernani, in Guipúzcoa province.

“We firmly condemn these repeated attacks against TV installations,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The bombings of recent weeks in the Basque country are clearly designed to intimidate and gag critics. We urge the Spanish authorities to continue doing everything possible to prevent terrorist groups from doing harm and causing more victims within the media.”

No group claimed responsibility for today’s bombing, but police found a message inside the transmitter with the words “Kontuz bomba” - “Watch out for the bomb” in Basque. The police are investigating and justice minister Mariano Fernández Bermejo said “everything seems to indicate that the terrorist band ETA was responsible.”

A bomb went off near a repeater used by the Spanish public television station TVE in the Basque city of Bilbao on 20 November. A truck carrying 100 kg of explosives was blown up outside the headquarters of the Basque TV station EiTB in Bilbao on 31 December, causing considerable damage but no injuries.

The building - which also houses the offices of other news media such as El Mundo, Deia, Onda Cero, Antena 3, Expansión and Marca - was evacuated before the explosion because an anonymous caller identifying himself as an ETA member alerted the fire brigade shortly before it occurred.

Several hundred journalists and media employees led by the well-known Basque journalist Gorka Landaburu demonstrated in Bilbao on 2 January in protest against the EiTB bombing.

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