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Magazine Revived After Being Banned for 45 Years

March 10, 1990

BELGRADE, Yugoslavia (AP) _ Forty-five years after Communist authorities banned it, the magazine of the Democratic Party of Yugoslavia reappeared on Belgrade newsstands.

The front-page editorial in Friday’s editions of Demokratija declared: ″Democracy means discussion - the truth has many different faces and cannot belong to one man or one party alone.″

A Democratic official, Djurdje Ninkovic, said ″no consent for the publication ... was demanded or obtained from the authorities.″

He said the first issue had been financed by donations gathered at a recent party convention. About 22,000 copies were printed, he said.

The fortnightly was reborn in a new political climate that has swept Eastern Europe. Yugoslavia’s ruling Communists have adopted economic reforms and are debating political changes as well.

Demokratija was the sole opposition publication in Yugoslavia after the Communist takeover in 1945. But it was able to print only seven issues because the government-controlled trade union refused to publish ″capitalist lies.″

It was banned after Communist activists organized attacks on distributors and burned copies.

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