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Bosnia: Denmark Announces Media Grant

By Anthony Georgieff and Nenad Pejic

Copenhagen, 23 January 1997 (RFE/RL) -- The Danish government announced today it is sending $100,000 to support independent media in Bosnia.

Our Copenhagen correspondent says the money is targeted primarily for the independent TV organization known as the Open Broadcast Network (OBN).

Our correspondent says Denmark expects the station to become a primary news source in Bosnia and to play an important role in forming public opinion ahead of local elections planned for later this year. Those elections are to be organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) this year. Denmark is current chairman of the OSCE.

The Open Broadcast Network and another related entity, TV International, were formed towards the end of the Bosnian war out of four previously existing TV stations. The reconstituted stations first went on the air at the end of last summer.