(In) Effective supervision of competent bodies on implementation of labor – law legislation in private media

Vlatko Vukotić, journalist from Banja Luka, about the implementation of labor laws in BiH.

“Therefore, when it comes to the termination of the journalist’s employment, as the trade unions say, if it existed in a formal legal sense at all, ends with the media or with the expiration of a contract, along with unpaid wages and unpaid contributions. It was this scenario that we saw only two years ago in the case of daily newspapers Press, which was the only private media with an active trade union organization in BiH. Although the negotiations and trade union pressures over the last year and a half made it possible to pay salaries divided into parts, in the end 50 workers were left unemployed, and the media was extinguished. A few years earlier, the same daily fate was experienced by Banja Luka’s daily newspaper Focus.”


The 52nd issue of the newsletter E-journalist

In the 52nd issue of E-journalists, we publish articles by media professionals and experts, who are also contributing to public debate regarding media ownership transparency and advocating the adoption of laws to improve the media scene and information market in BiH. In the new issue, we answer questions about the non-transparent online media market, what are the trends and consequences of funding media out of public budgets, how much space is left for contributing to public interest, and to what extent do citizens trust the PBS?

The authors of the texts are journalists Rubina Čengić, Senudin Safić and Milan Ilić, expert and former director of BHRT Mehmed Agović and professor of the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Mostar Daniela Jurcic.


Copyright of media professionals in Bosnia and Herzegovina: analyses of situation and problems

Mr. sc. Enita Čustovićsenior assistant at the Department for Journalism/Communication Science at the Faculty of Political Science University of Sarajevo.

“Journalists must be familiar with all their rights including copyright. Furthermore, working contracts should also describe and have regulations on copyright protection (lifelong), and journalists must be adequately paid for their work.”


Monthly tranche as a pressure tool

Velida Kulenović, journalist from Zenica, about the affection of local media to political parties.

“Plurality of councils is not necessary and a guarantee of democracy in decision-making, as budget dependence should not mean space for pressure on the media. But, according to the previous practice that the mayor can at any time, when he does not like reporting, deny the monthly tranche, pressure is evident. For now, there is no mechanism that would protect the medium from distorting funding.”


The 51st issue of the newsletter E-journalist

In the 51st issue of E-journalist we answer questions on how to promote the representation of journalists, editors and publishers and their deferense in front of courts in cases of defamation charges; how to improve court practice and prosecute libel cases in a way that promotes European values, and how did decriminalization of defamation impact investigative journalism in BiH? The authors of the texts are: lawyer and media expert Mehmed Halilović, judge of the Municipal Court in Sarajevo Nives Abdagić, journalist from the portal Žurnal Amarildo Gutić, lawyer from Bijeljina, Biljana Radulović. Additionally we and discussed with lawyer and international expert Vesna Alaburić.

The 51st issue of E-Journalists is also the first edition of the BHJA ‘s online newsletter series, implemented within the framework of the joint project of EU and Council of Europe -Reinforcing Judaical Expertise on Freedom of Expression and the Media in South – East Europe (JUFREX).