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    Results of the Survey within the Public Campaign “Citizens and Journalists together in the Fight for the Truth”, 03.05.2017

    THE PRESS COUNCIL IN BIH


    Public Campaign “Citizens and Journalists Together in the Fight for the Truth”


    SURVEY RESULTS
    May 3rd 2017

    According to the results of this year’s survey conducted by the Press Council in BiH in cooperation with the Youth News Association in Bosnia and Herzegovina (ONAuBiH) and Association of High School Students in BiH (ASuBiH), hate speech is ever more present in the media, while their work is most influenced by politicians. The survey was conducted amongst 1160 citizens in 9 cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, as part of the Public Campaign “Citizens and Journalists Together in the Fight for the Truth”, on occasion of May 3rd - World Media Freedom Day.

    The question “Is there hate speech in the media?” was answered positively by 74 percent of citizens, while 21 percent of the people regard that there is hate speech, but it does not pose a problem for them, and 5% feel that theres is no hate speech in the media. The surveyed feel that politicians influence the media’s work the most, as stated in 65 percent of cases, followed by religious leaders - 19 percent. 10% of citizens regard that advertiser influence media the most, while only 6% believe that no one influenes BH media.

    With regards to the participants’ opinions about attacks against journalists and threats against journalists, the most frequent answers were: “Horrific”, “It should be punished as any other attack”, “I condemn them, the peopl are just doing their jobs”, “Media need more freedom”, “It is an attack on human freedoms and rights”, “I do not approve”, “ Horror”, etc. which idicates that citizens strongly condemn attacks against journalists and regard them as attacks against the basic human rights to freedom of speech and expression, and against the societal democratic pillars as a whole. However, on the other hand we have recorded replies such as “I support them”, “They should be beat if they do not listen”, and “Sometimes they deserve it” points to a dose of citizens’ indifference towards attacks against media.

    The results also show that more than half of the participants are acquainted with their right to submit complaints regarding inaccurate and unprofessional coverage of the press and online media, which is provided for them by the Press Council in BiH, the only self-regulatory body for print and online media in the land. The question “Do you know that you hacve the right to complain to teh Press Council in BiH due to false and unprofessional coverage of the media?” was answered positively by 57 percent of participants, negatively by 34 percent of participants. The right to submit complaints to the Press Council in BiH regarding unprofessional media coverage was exercised by 10 percent of participants.

    The purpose of the Public Campaign “Citizens and Journalists Together in the Fight for the Truth”, as part of which the survey was conducted, was to familiarize the public with the state of media in BiH, with the ever more frequent attacks and threats against journalists and with the citizens’ right to submit complaints regarding unprofessional media coverage to the Press Council in BiH. The Public campaign and survey were conducted in Mostar, Tuzla, Sarajevo, Trebinje, Srebrenik, Pale, Banja Luka and Gorazde.


    The results of the public campaign may be viewed here

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