Justice TV

5. March 2021.

The coronavirus pandemic had a severe impact on the media sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with journalists losing their jobs and media houses suffering the cancellation of advertising contracts. But despite the virus and its consequences, some media outlets managed to publish stories that exposed serious malpractices this year, some of which resulted in indictments. Meanwhile the government offered financial support to selected media outlets, which experts claimed could compromise their journalistic standards.

17. December 2020.

An analysis of defamation proceedings before courts in Bosnia and Herzegovina over the past four years reveals that in more than 80 per cent of cases, lawsuits against journalists are being initiated by politicians and other public officials such as judges and prosecutors, and that verdicts are often delivered without adequate explanation and without complying with the standards of the European Court of Human Rights. Journalists and media experts warn that the increasing number of lawsuits without any proper basis is an attempt to intimidate reporters and discourage them from investigating.

4. December 2020.

The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network in Bosnia and Herzegovina concludes its ‘Forgotten Victims’ campaign with this month’s TV Justice programme, last instalment in a ten-month series highlighting the experiences of war victims and their families. The series intends to draw public and judicial attention to crimes that have not yet been prosecuted, with the aim of instigating investigations and charges against those responsible. The lack of co-operation between countries in the region is one of the obstacles to prosecuting these crimes.

6. November 2020.

Throughout Europe, the number of far-right organisations is growing, but more and more countries are imposing complete bans on their activities. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, and especially in Mostar and Prijedor, neo-Nazi symbols can constantly be seen. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network Bosnia and Herzegovina has researched the influence of these groups.

6. August 2020.

Local judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina are often criticised for imposing low penalties for returnees from foreign battlefields. Several European countries began trying former fighters for terrorism and war crimes, increasing the sentences handed down to them. We have analysed what needs to be done by domestic judicial institutions to start prosecuting such crimes, what needs to be done to collect evidence and why experts consider that the Bosnian judiciary is ready.