US Embassy calls on authorities in BiH: Reports of attacks on journalists are worrying, create an environment for their safe work

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SARAJEVO, 16.04.2021. – The US Embassy in BiH sent a message to the authorities in BiH to create an environment in which journalists can do their job without hindrance.

We are closely following the situation and call on authorities to create an environment in which journalists can do their work – the US Embassy said.

They remind that journalists work diligently in pandemic conditions that create additional stress for them. Reports of verbal attacks on journalists, threats and pressures to which they are exposed are additionally worrying.

In these difficult times, the pandemic adds additional strain and stress on journalists and media outlets who continue to do important work. Recent reports of journalists being detained and verbally attacked on assignments, journalists threatened and pressured while investigating corruption cases, journalists discredited and personally attacked based on their ethnic background or gender and journalists exposed to cyber and politically motivated attacks are all deeply concerning and have a chilling effect on press freedom. We are closely following the situation and call on authorities to create an environment in which journalists can do their work – it was published on Twitter profile of the US Embassy in BiH.