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    Focus Group “Transparency of Media Ownership and Media Financing”, 14.12.2018

    The Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina

    is organizing

    a discussion - Focus Group “Transparency of Media Ownership and Media Financing”

    as part of the project “Media and Public Credibility”

    December 14, 2018

    Jelena Hotel, Brcko

    The Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina is organizing the discussion as part of the project “Media and Public Credibility” titled “Transparency of Media Ownership and Media Financing”, which will take place on Friday, December 14, 2018 in Brcko at the Jelena Hotel, with the start at 12:00h.

     

    The goal of the Focus group is to through discussion identify the problems that exist due to the lack of a Law on transparency of media ownership, media financing and advertising in BiH, as well as for the journalists to share experiences, they might have had, with problems when performing their task professionally and independently.

    The discussion will be attended by editors, journalists, representatives of the media community and civil society.

    The problems recognized until not include:

    • Lack of transparency of official data on media ownership
    • Large number of online media which act as media enterprises, but are not registered as such or at all
    • Lack of legal mechanisms for establishing the origins of capital flows and real owners of media
    • Foreign ownership of media in BiH
    • Political influence on the media
    • Concentration of media ownership and direct influence of local communities/institutions on the content of local media threw direct financing.

    In November 2017, the Report on Transparency of Media Ownership and Media Financing was presented. It includes an overview of current regulations in the world and our Region, as well as a proposal of substantial recommendations for advancing the legal framework and policy in BiH. This analysis and recommendations are a basis for open, professional and focused discussion within the professional media community and decision makers, with the goal of developing draft legislation on transparency of media ownership and media financing.   

    The Focus Group is realized within the project “Media and Public Credibility”, implemented by a Consortium of four organizations in BiH, with support of the EU Delegation in BiH: The Press Council in BiH, Media Center, JaBiHuEU and the BH Journalists Association. The project aims at preparing the legislative framework for the regulations of transparency of media ownership, media financing and advertising in BiH. These areas are of special importance for the freedom of expression, protection of journalists and prevention of pressures against media and journalists motivated by political and financial reasons. Concurrently, the project adheres to EU standards for transparency of media ownership and media pluralism, as well as the values of the journalism profession and the public credibility.

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