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Conference on the future of Bosnian public broadcaster

Strasbourg 7 June 2017
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Conference on the future of Bosnian public broadcaster

The Council of Europe will co-organise the upcoming conference in the offices of national broadcaster of Bosnia and Herzegovina on 13th June. The conference will focus on the need of media law reform and securing adequate and sustainable funding in order to ensure the existence of Public Service Media in the country.

Growing political fragmentation in Bosnia and Herzegovina has worked against the existence of the Public Service Media in its current form and expected media law reforms were never implemented. National broadcaster BHRT has accumulated substantial debts over the years - erosion of the license fee, a weak fee collection system and payment arrears from regional broadcast partners have left BHRT at threat of imminent closure.

The conference is being jointly organized by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), The Radio and Television of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BHRT), the BH Journalists Association, the Council of Europe, the Office of the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, the European Federation of Journalists and the South East Europe Media Organization. It provides an opportunity to bring together public authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina along with representatives of the media, international organizations, civil society and other experts to discuss possible solutions and ensure proper implementation of the Council of Europe and European Union standards.


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“Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right shall include freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart information and ideas without interference by public authority and regardless of frontiers. This Article shall not prevent States from requiring the licensing of broadcasting, television or cinema enterprises.

The exercise of these freedoms, since it carries with it duties and responsibilities, may be subject to such formalities, conditions, restrictions or penalties as are prescribed by law and are necessary in a democratic society, in the interests of national security, territorial integrity or public safety, for the prevention of disorder or crime, for the protection of health or morals, for the protection of the reputation or rights of others, for preventing the disclosure of information received in confidence, or for maintaining the authority and impartiality of the judiciary.”

Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights

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