BiH Ombudspersons urge for punishing perpetrators of attacks against journalists

BiH Ombudspersons urge for punishing perpetrators of attacks against journalists

SARAJEVO, November 1 (FENA) – The Ombudspersons of Bosnia and Herzegovina Nives Jukić, Ljubinko Mitrović and Jasminka Džumhur on the occasion of International Day against Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, November 2, pointed out that any attack on journalists must not go unpunished.

The Ombudspersons have urged the competent police authorities and prosecutor’s offices in BiH to take all measures necessary to investigate all behavior that results in endangering the safety of journalists and restricting media freedoms, the Ombudsman for Human Rights of Bosnia and Herzegovina stated.

The Ombudspersons are also concerned about violence against journalists, harassment and intimidation, and point out that attacks on journalists are attacks on democracy, security and the rule of law.

In April 2017, the Ombudsmen of Bosnia and Herzegovina issued a Special Report on the Status of Journalists and cases of threats against them.

The purpose of the Report is to provide insight into the position of journalists in BiH society and what influences their work and to provide an understanding of their problems and issues related to the position of journalists in BiH as one of the preconditions for securing the right to freedom of expression.

The Ombudsman Institution calls for consistent adherence to the recommendations made in the 2017 Special Report on the Status of Journalists and cases of individual threats and attacks on journalists, and demand urgent reaction of the competent institutions and condemnation of the general public and express their readiness to respond in accordance with their mandate.