Other threats to journalists, the Draft Law on the criminalization of defamation, Banja Luka, 23.03.2023.

    Country BH
    Gender Group
    Date 23/03/2023
    City / Location Banja Luka
    Type of incident Other threats to journalists
    By whom Aggressive public declarations by state officials
    Type of media Radio and television print online
    Was journalist`s association informed Yes

    The Steering Committee of the BH Journalists Association and the Free Media Help Line consider today’s decision of the National Assembly of Republika Srpska (NSRS) to adopt the Draft Law on the criminalization of defamation to be a defeat for democracy, free society and free journalism.

    This procedure should be remembered as a textbook example of the irresponsible behavior of 49 MPs who, by voting “yes”, deprived their voters – citizens of Republika Srpska, journalists, media outlets, civil society organizations and all other institutions and organizations of their right to freedom of expression and opinion, free dissemination and receiving information.

    In addition to disregarding the interests of citizens, the ruling coalition in the NSRS has shown not only that it does not know international standards for the protection of freedom of expression and the media, but that it does not respect the proposals, requests and recommendations of domestic media and journalist associations, international organizations such as the United Nations, the European Union, the Council of Europe , OSCE, European media associations, embassies and all others who tried to explain to the MPs the harmfulness of their procedure and the restriction of the right to freedom of expression.