THE COMPLAINTS COMMISSION OF THE PRESS COUNCIL IN BIH
The Complaints Commission of the Press Council in BiH
expresses serious concern due to the ever more frequent attacks against journalists by politicians and public servants and the disruption of free media coverage
The Commission appeals to all responsible institutions to enable undisrupted work for journalists,
the freedom of information and constructive public criticism!
The Complaints Commission of the Press Council in BiH held its 65th session, during which it considered 11 complaints received in the previous month: 2 complaints were upheld, because breaches of the Press Code of BIH were found in the articles in question, while 9 complaints were not upheld, in accordance with the protection of the journalists’ right to freedom of expression and presentation of true information for the public.
The members of the Complaints Commission have at the discussed the recent events and verbal threats against journalists, and the withholding of information from journalists. Thus the Complaints Commission issues the following press release:
The ever more occurring attacks from politicians and public servants against journalists and media workers are concerning. These attacks are not just verbal, but they are conducted through abuse of the system’s institutions.
Also utterly worrying is the fact that such attacks from politicians and public servants are not addressed by the representatives of the government, political parties, the ministry of justice and the prosecution.
International conventions foresee that it is the journalists’ duty to, in the public interest and in this case in the interest of BiH citizens, inquire and report about relevant events, as well as to undisrupted investigate all topics which are of general and public importance.
The Complaints Commission of the Press Council in BiH appeals to all responsible institutions to enable journalists’ undisrupted work, freedom of information and constructive public criticism!
The Commission especially appeals to the prosecution on all levels to prosecute the perpetrators of the attacks and all those who disrupt journalists from performing their work in a reputable manner.
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