Justice TV

7. May 2021.

The case against Jovica Stanisic and Franko Simatovic, former heads of Serbia's State Security Service who are charged with, among other things, the murders of six Srebrenica residents in Trnovo in July 1995, is the latest in which judges from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia to determine the responsibility of the neighboring state for war crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.

9. April 2021.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and other countries in the region there are several groups whose members have previous convictions or publicly repeat right-wing sentiments while being involved in humanitarian work. On their social media pages, they claim they are helping the most vulnerable in society. However, the fact that in the past they have frequently promoted right-wing symbols or pro-Russian stances makes them different from other humanitarian organisations. The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has investigated the ways in which these groups use humanitarian work, their reasons for doing so and the potential consequences for local communities and the societies in which they are operating.

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.