cliona murphy (
Mon, 03 Jun 1996 11:44:47 -0400

For Immediate Release

Contact: Lydia Trettis or Peter Suciu
Connors Communications



Electronic Gallery Project Will Feature Gilles Peress' Photographs

NEW YORK, NY, May 29, 1996 =AD=AD The New York Times on the Web has =

announced an interactive multimedia photojournalism project that =

will chronicle Bosnias struggle for peace. To be launched June =

10th, Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, will feature an electronic =

gallery of more than one hundred and fifty images by renowned =

photojournalist Gilles Peress, and a month-long worldwide discussion =

on war and peace in the former Yugoslavia. Anyone with Internet =

access can view and participate in the project without charge or =

registration at =

Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace will encourage participation from =

individuals all over the world, particularly in locations closest to =

the conflict and its unfolding resolution. Internet connections are =

being established in Sarajevo so Bosnians themselves can take part. =

Terminals linked to the Web site are being installed by IBM at the =

International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The =

Hague, Netherlands, and at the United Nations in New York. Global =

discussions will be initiated on the political, social and cultural =

issues raised by the war.

"This project seeks to use the Internet to facilitate a greater =

understanding of one of the major events of our time, as well as a =

truly worldwide forum for discussion of the issues it raises," said =

Martin Nisenholtz, president of The New York Times Electronic Media =

Company, which conceived the Bosnia project as part of its recently =

launched Internet service, The New York Times on the Web.


Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, page 2

Peress images are a personal and journalistic chronicle of the final =

weeks of the siege of Sarajevo, including the exodus of the Serbs =

from the citys suburbs. The interactive photo essay, combined with =

the photographer's narrative, provides the viewer with information =

and experiences similar to those encountered by journalists =

witnessing the end of the war.

Peress is known for his photographic coverage of conflicts in Iran, =

Northern Ireland, Rwanda, and Bosnia. Viewers will be encouraged to =

submit comments and reactions. Individuals in the former Yugoslavia =

will be invited to email their own accounts of events.

More than ten Internet forums will be conducted by leading =

intellectual and political figures specializing in different aspects =

of the Bosnia conflict, including the war and its destruction, =

preceding historical events, the religious dimension, and political =

ramifications. Bernard Gwertzman, senior editor and former foreign =

editor of The New York Times, will oversee the forums. Hosts and =

participants will include:

=B0 Madeleine Albright, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
=B0 Ervin Staub, professor of psychology studying genocide at the =

University of Massachusetts
=B0 Steve Walker, formerly of the U.S. State Department
=B0 Manuela Dobos, professor of Balkanology at the City University of =

=B0 Bono of U2 and The Passengers, producer of "Miss Sarajevo"
=B0 Aryeh Neier, president of the Soros Foundation & the Open Society =

=B0 Christiane Amanpour, senior international correspondent for CNN

Users can also access multimedia background materials, color maps, =

audio clips, archival articles from New York Times correspondents, =

and links to relevant sites on the Web. Highlights of discussions =

and forum contributions will be posted regularly on the site. The =

site itself will remain accessible until August.

Bosnia: Uncertain Paths to Peace, page 3

=B3Our aim is to combine the journalistic mission of The New York =

Times, the visual impact of a magazine, and a forum for opinion and =

debate, in a way unique to this medium,=B2 said Kevin McKenna, =

editorial director for The New York Times Electronic Media Company.

The New York Times Electronic Media Company, a wholly owned =

subsidiary of The New York Times Company, was founded in 1995 to =

develop new products and distribution channels for The Times. In =

addition to developing The New York Times on the Web, it produces =

@times, the newspaper's service on America Online.

The New York Times Company is a diversified media company including =

newspapers, magazines, television and radio stations, and electronic =

information and publishing. The Company, which had 1995 revenues of =

$2.4 billion, publishes The New York Times, The Boston Globe and 21 =

regional newspapers and owns a one-half interest in the =

International Herald Tribune; publishes nine magazines and conducts =

related activities in the fields of golf, tennis, skiing and =

sailing; operates six network-affiliated television stations and =

two New York City radio stations. It also operates news, photo and =

graphic services; manages news and feature syndicates and has =

several electronic publishing and new media activities. The Company =

has minority interests in one newsprint mill and one supercalendered =

paper mill.

The Class A Common Stock is listed on the American Stock Exchange =

under the symbol NYT.A.

Technical support for the Bosnia project is provided by the IBM =

Corporation, including Internet access provided by the IBM Global =

Network, one of the world's largest data and Internet service =

providers offering Internet access from nearly 600 locations in more =

than 45 countries. =

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