Help for independent media in Serbia

SARAJEVO, May 25, 2000 -- (AFP) The OSCE mission to Bosnia has opened up its website to two independent radio stations in Serbia, both victims of the crackdown on the media by the regime of Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, it said Wednesday.

From now on it will be possible to consult the websites of B292 and radio Index, which had both operated from the same building as the opposition-controlled television Studio B, which was taken off the air earlier this month.

Radio Index was able to resume broadcasting, but B292 has since only been able to transmit by Internet.

The clampdown on Studio B has provoked international condemnation and streets protests in Belgrade.

Meanwhile the Peace Implementation Council which met in Brussels Tuesday and Wednesday to assess the progress of the implementation of the peace agreement in Bosnia condemned the attack on independent media in Serbia as "a threat to regional stability."

In a statement released here it said events in Belgrade were putting at risk five years of sustainable peace in Bosnia.

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