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INDEPENDENT MEDIA OPEN FIRST PRINTING PLANT

Serbia and Montenegro's fledgling media now have a printing plant to call their own, thanks to support from the World Association of Newspapers (WAN). The Association of Private Media, a local consortium of 12 independent newspapers, has recently opened a new printing plant in Belgrade - the first in the country owned by independent media.

The new plant, which can print up to 60,000 copies an hour, is the culmination of a five-year plan initiated by WAN and UNESCO to improve the distribution of newspapers in a country formerly under the repressive rule of Slobodan Milosevic, WAN says.

Back in 1999, the government had a monopoly on printing and distribution, which was often abused in an attempt to crush independent voices, notes WAN.

WAN and UNESCO received financial support from the European Agency for Reconstruction and Development and from Denmark, France and Germany.

For more details, contact Larry Kilman, WAN: lkilman@wan.asso.fr

Visit these links:

- WAN: http://www.wan-press.org

- UNESCO: http://portal.unesco.org/ci/ev.php?URL_ID=12853&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1067297880

- Association of Independent Electronic Media: http://www.anem.org.yu/eng/

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