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31.03.2022. / 16:52

BANJA LUKA – Helpline for journalists, which was established within the Association “BH journalists”last year recorded two physical attacks on journalists, 15 cases of threats, and about 25 cases of various types of political pressure on the media, and what is particularly worrying is that all these proceedings before the courts in BiH usually take a very long time. are minimal or conditional and are usually absent.

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A special problem is endangering the safety of journalists, according to the interlocutors CAPITAL-and, even when it comes to threats to life, cases that have been processed can be counted on the fingers of one hand.

The Association “BH Journalists” points out that online threats, hate speech, and online attacks on journalists are becoming more frequent, and that prosecutorial investigations are long and without major results in finding the attackers.

“The threatened fines are low, the procedures in the case of attacks on journalists and the media are mostly misdemeanor, not criminal. On the other hand, in a number of cases, the prosecution has decided not to conduct further investigations, stating that there are no elements of a criminal offense. “emphasize in the Association “BH Journalists”.

Life-threatening investigation suspended

EuroBlic journalist Nikola Morača says that threats are an integral part of journalistic work, and the worst form, he says, are threats directed at the family.

“When it comes to my experience, there have always been threats, and it is up to the police to take the case seriously and prosecute those responsible. In particular, I received a phone call where a man threatened me that my children would be orphaned. I duly reported the case to the police, where the inspector who was leading the case, in addition to the usual arrogance, added that he did not perceive the words addressed to me as a threat at all. Namely, the part when a man, otherwise a close relative of the person I was writing about at the time and whose identity was known to the police, told me to “watch what I write, because my children could be orphaned” the inspector explained that it was the same like when someone tells you to be careful not to fall down the stairs. Comment is redundant “said Moraca.

As he points out, the procedure was suspended, but it was in his interest to be reported, so that if “honest” inspectors ever come to the police, they can determine how their colleagues worked.

“There were also cases that ended in court and those when they threatened to kill me, lynch my family, and miserable fines were imposed, such as fines. Such is our judiciary, and the attack on journalists is still not treated as an attack on officials, so I wonder what so many associations are doing to us. All in all, the journalists are left to their own devices and if they do not defend themselves from those who threaten them with their own resources, no one will help them. “concluded Moraca.

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The perpetrators of the attack on Kovacevic were never discovered

Gerila.info journalist Vladimir Kovačević was severely beaten four years ago, and as he says, although the perpetrators have been prosecuted, to this day no one has moved a finger to reveal the person who ordered the assassination attempt on him.

“The Prosecutor’s Office has never summoned people, whom I pointed out for certain reasons that I suspect are the ones who ordered them, to interrogate them, even if they say they are not and for the Prosecutor’s Office to say that it cannot prove anything. In this regard, no one has moved a finger to even try to find out who ordered the attack. “Kovacevic emphasized.

He added that after the attack on him, the perpetrators were arrested, one immediately, and the other a little later, and that, in that regard, he has almost no objections.

“The nausea remains in the fact that nothing has been done to find out the perpetrator, because those two guys are less – more and irrelevant, they are just mere perpetrators. It is more important who is behind it. “Kovacevic pointed out.

35 cases in four years

The Sarajevo Canton Prosecutor’s Office is in favor CAPITAL pointed out that in the last four years they have had a total of 35 cases related to attacks on journalists.

Of the stated number of open cases (phase of verification of allegations from the application) that are currently pending before this Prosecutor’s Office, there are nine, an indictment has been filed in two cases, one of which has been confirmed by the Municipal Court, and three final verdicts have been issued. Of the Municipal Court in Sarajevo – two convictions and one acquittal “they stated recently in this Prosecutor’s Office.

According to them, the Prosecutor’s Office also resolved 22 reports with a suspension order, ie failure to conduct an investigation.

Most of the reports relate to endangering security as well as inciting racial and religious hatred, discord or intolerance.

Each case special

The District Public Prosecutor’s Office (OJT) in Banja Luka says that in terms of the duration of investigations conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office, each case should be assessed individually.

“The duration of investigations depends on each specific case, ie the event, as well as the number of investigative actions (gathering evidence) that need to be carried out in the case.”they stated in OJT Banja Luka.

CAPITAL: Svjetlana Šurlan

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