Number: 15-02/16 Date: Sarajevo, 25.1.2016
THE PRESS COUNCIL IN BIH
the self-regulatory body for the press and online media
herby issues a
DUE TO THE RAID BY THE ARMED MEMBERS OF THE SIPA AGENCY
OF THE NEWSROOM OF THE DAILY DNEVNI AVAZ
The Press Council in BiH issues a public reaction due to the brutal raid conducted by the armed and masked members of the State Investigation and Protection Agency - SIPA, targeting the newsroom of the daily “Dnevni Avaz”!
The Board of Directors of the Press Council in BiH notes that positive investigatory work, on behalf of the Agency and Prosecution for the goal of identifying and preventing certain persons’ criminal activity and deeds, cannot justify an order to send policemen armed with rifles to the newsroom of a media, to interrogate journalists and prevent them from working freely.
We also witnessed such a situation a year ago, when a group of armed special forces raided the same newsroom, under justification of looking for an interview published a few years earlier. If documentation from the archives of a media is needed for any sort of investigation, it can be obtained through legal means, and not through intimidation of journalists and show of force in a newsroom.
Such intimidation leaves consequences on the work of journalists, their feeling of personal safety and their freedom to work.
BD of the Press Council in BiH.
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