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Media: The Word On The Street

April 27, 1999

the Independent

TWO MORE Belgrade correspondents of British newspapers have been expelled from Yugoslavia. The Financial Times’s Guy Dinmore and The Guardian’s Chris Bird have both been ordered to leave. Their exit follows that of Tom Walker, based in Belgrade for The Times for the past two years and married to a Serb, who had his multiple-entry visa cancelled last Wednesday.

Dinmore, an FT stringer, sent an e-mail to the paper’s foreign desk on Sunday saying he had been told to go. The Guardian correspondent had already left Belgrade early yesterday. “There was no reason given for Chris Bird’s expulsion, but perhaps it is no coincidence that he was expelled the day after the Serbian TV station was bombed,” said Ed Pilkington, the Guardian’s Foreign Editor.

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