Together for Better Media Laws, Baseline study on the media legislation in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Association of BH Journalists, with the professional help of Professor Zarfa Hrnjić Kuduzović, conducted the study “Together towards better media laws”, which identified problems in legislative regulations that negatively reflect on media freedom and the safety of journalists in BiH. The study contains constructive initiatives for amendments to relevant laws, as well as positive practices that seek to improve the legislative framework in the field of media through the adoption of new laws.

The research focused on laws and practices in 7 thematic areas, including the Law on the Public Broadcasting System of BiH, the Criminal Code, the Law on the Protection of Copyright and Related Rights, the Law on the Collective Exercise of Copyright and Related Rights, the Election Law of BiH (Chapter 16: Media in the election campaign), the Law on Freedom of Access to Information and the Law on Protection from Defamation… Since Bosnia and Herzegovina does not have a law regulating the transparency of media ownership at either the state or entity levels, and it is one of the most necessary laws for regulating the media market, the subject of analysis The draft of this law was sent to the relevant Ministry at the beginning of 2019.

The study was created within the project “Improving the dialogue between journalist associations and parliaments in the Western Balkans for a stronger civil sector”, which is carried out by four media organizations from the Western Balkan region, with the financial support of the Swedish Agency for International Development and Cooperation (SIDA) and the Balkan Network for civil sector development (Balkan Civil Society Development Network (BCSDN).

The analysis is available here.

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