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Wednesday, April 7, 1999 Published at 23:23 GMT 00:23 UK

World: Europe

Internet as propaganda weapon

CAN FOLLOW KOSOVO SEQUENCE The conflict over Kosovo -- and the warring sides' eagerness to get their respective views across to the outside world -- has highlighted the use of the global computer network, the Internet.

The editor of a leading Internet magazine, Internet, Richard Dinnick, has said that the network has become part of a public relations battle.

NATO's Internet web-site has been tampered with by outside users --known as hackers -- who have left computer problems, known as viruses, which were later traced to Belgrade.

Correspondents say that the Internet is brushing aside old boundaries and restrictions; with most Western journalists excluded from Serbia, they say that the Internet has become one of the few alternative means of relaying information.

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