Through better co-operation between courts and the media to increase confidence in BiH judiciary

MEĐUGORJE, October 29, 2018 – A two-day workshop for media and judiciary representatives on media and justice in BiH: The right to free access to information in judicial institutions vs. Right to protection of the integrity and secrecy of judicial investigations and proceedings ” was held in Međugorje.

According to Deputy Head of the Office of the Presidency of the High Judicial and Prosecutorial Council of BiH, Marjana Popović, the aim of the workshop is to gather journalists and spokespersons of judicial institutions, and to improve media coverage of the course of court proceedings and prosecution investigations and to improve mutual cooperation at all.

The inter-professional seminar is being realized within the framework of the Council of Europe project – Reinforcing Judicial Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South-East Europe (JUFREX), dedicated to the transparency and accountability of the judiciary, access to justice from the perspective of the media and the improvement of communication channels between the judiciary and the media.

– What the justice is doing should be educative and public, and for the perpetrators of various criminal acts, and on the other hand, to enable citizens to build trust in judicial institutions – said the general secretary of the Association BH journalist Borka Rudic. She added that informing citizens about the work of judicial institutions is of utmost importance, especially in the segment of war crimes and serious crimes that are being prosecuted in the BiH judiciary, and for what reason there is not enough information for various reasons.

– On the first day of work, we concluded that it would be important to create a unique system for disseminating information about the work of judicial institutions, because we have different approaches, different criteria and different openness of courts and prosecutors at different levels of the judiciary in BiH – emphasized Rudić.

Practical examples were presented at the workshop, and stereotypes in communication between the judiciary and the media were discussed. Participants of the workshop had the opportunity to make suggestions and suggestions in order to improve relations with the media and increase the transparency of the work of judicial institutions.

Source: Fena

FENA, Međugorje, 29/10/2018