Media Freedom in BiH Survey Results
Media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina is still limited and threatened, while, on the other hand, citizens’ awareness on the right to professional, accurate and objective media information is growing. This is a result from the study conducted by the Press Council in BiH and the Youth News Association in BiH (ONAuBiH). During the study 1,000 citizens in 25 cities in Bosnia and Herzegovina were surveyed, within the Public Campaign “Citizens and Journalists together in the Fight for the Truth”, and on occasion of May 3rd, Worl Media Freedom Day.
The question “Do you think that the media in BiH are free?” was met with a negative reply by 715 citizens, while 285 felt differently. The results of the Survey show that 60.1% of citizens know that they have the right to complaint to unprofessional and inaccurate media reporting, which the Press Council in BiH, the only self-regulatory body in the country, Â enables them to do. The fact that the public’s awareness about the right to professional media reporting is bigger than every, is indicated by the replies to the question “What do you expect the media to offer you?” The most frequent response was, “accurate, unbiased, true, verified and objective information!” The citizens also want “Information without pressure from the governments”, “Information, not opinions”, less sensationalism, and more information about culture and educational content.
835 out of 1,000 citizens surveyed notice hate speech in media, while the percentage of those that think that hate speech influences the consciousness of citizens is even bigger - 840 participants responded that hate speech greatly influences the consciousness of citizens, 124 responded that it influences it a little, while only 36 responded that it does not influence it at all.
The Public Campaigns “Citizens and Journalists together in the Fight for the Truth”, within which the study was conducted had the goal of informing the public about the (lack of) freedom of expression, the rights of citizens to the truth, objective and current information, as well as the rights to complain to inaccurate and unprofessional media reporting. Citizens throughout 25 cities in BiH were acquainted with the Complaints Procedure of the Press Council in BiH and the Press Code of BiH.
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