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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.


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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.”


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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.”


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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).


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Attack on female journalists in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the context of threats to Media Freedom

Zlatiborka Popov- Momčinović, professor of political sciences and head of the Department of Journalism and Political Sciences at the Faculty of Philosophy, University of East Sarajevo.

The bad position of journalists is often connected with the concept of a so called feminization of certain professions. Namely, the increasing number of women entering the particular profession is followed by negative phenomena such as job insecurity, the decline of “reputation” of a certain profession, reduced wages and other benefits, which points out at the existence of misogynist social environment where gender equality is an exception rather than a rule. On the other hand, women occupy only 30% of the management jobs in the BiH media2. This does not mean that female journalists are therefore necessarily more vulnerable and are more exposed to attacks and other forms of pressure and freedom threats. But certainly they are less empowered to report such cases. Therefore the existing reports handling such complaints are supposed to be incomplete and also not gender-disaggregated as well.