A podcast on genocide in Bosnia nominated for British Radio Academy awards

A podcast on genocide in Bosnia nominated for British Radio Academy awards

LONDON/SARAJEVO, April 23 (FENA) – The British Radio Academy, whose awards are considered to be like the Oscars of the audio and radio industry, has announced nominees in 25 categories that will be recognized as the best content in audio and radio format next month. Among them is the podcast “Untold Killing”, which was produced by the charity organization “Remembering Srebrenica” in partnership with “Message Heard” in memory of the 25th anniversary of the worst crime committed on European soil.

Last October, a British charity ‘Remembering Srebrenica UK’, in partnership with “Message Heard”, set out to change that by launching the pioneering production “Untold Killing”, the first podcast of its kind in English.

The six-episode podcast will explore the narrative of what transpired of the course of several days in July of 1995 where more than 8,000 Bosniak-Muslims were murdered in the small town of Srebrenica. The podcast series covers months of detailed research, production, and interviews, both in the United Kingdom and Bosnia, where the brutal atrocity took place. Genocide survivors, academics, experts, and individuals from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) all lend their voices and expertise to the podcast.

“It is painful, extremely painful to remember those days in 1995 but I must do it, not just because of my loved ones and myself but because of the future generations, who must learn from what happened to us in Srebrenica and pave the path towards genocide prevention” stated Kadefa Rizvanović, a genocide survivor from Srebrenica who lost her husband and numerous relatives in the genocide and graciously shared her story with the podcast, stated the Remembering Srebrenica organization.

“Untold Killing” was nominated for the “Best Impact” award, as well as for the “Best Commercial Partnership” award, and previously it has won the AVA platinum award for success in educating others about the genocide in Bosnia. The deeply described crimes against humanity are invaluable for understanding genocide in its full complexity.

The genocide in Srebrenica is considered to be part of the wider campaign of ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity that took place during the Bosnian War between 1992-1996. For many academics and experts, Srebrenica is considered the final point of the genocidal campaign of ethnic cleansing perpetrated by Serb forces, however, the horrific acts that took place in Srebrenica remain the only ones to be ruled as genocide legally at the ICTY. On November 22nd, 2017 Ratko Mladić, the former Bosnian-Serb military commander was convicted of various crimes against humanity, including genocide for his role in the events that took place in Srebrenica.

“Untold Killing” sets out to tell the story of the genocide and the International Community’s role within it. At the root of the podcast is education, but it is also a way to honor the victims and survivors.

Jake Warren, a producer from Message Heard, states that “the podcast is the perfect balance between a vehicle for storytelling and education to as wide of an audience as possible.”

Message Heard and Remembering Srebrenica UK entered the partnership to produce “Untold Killing” and uncover the truth to a wider audience in a unique manner. Podcasts offer a distinctive vehicle to hear the truth in all of its brutality, but even more so the podcast “Untold Killing” will allow listeners to reflect on the atrocity which took place only 25 years ago and with that combat genocide denialism.

“My hope is that while listening to this podcast people, particularly young people, will learn what happened in Srebrenica and obtain a greater understanding of issues that will enable them to tackle hatred and intolerance in their own communities”, says Chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, Dr. Waqar Azmi.