10 Aug 2017 Lvl. 2
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Alert created on: 18 Apr 2017 n° 42/2017 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Threat of Closure of the Public Broadcast Media Service

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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The Radio and Television of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BHRT) is facing possible shut down due to the absence of an agreed plan for sustainable funding of public media service. The BHRT, which is marred in financial difficulties including debts to staff and to service providers such as the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), has been operating a heavily reduced service since June 2016, only broadcasting sports competitions and reruns of old programmes. The EBU reportedly has launched a lawsuit for payment of debts accumulated to unsustainable amounts and placed BHRT under sanction 3, stopping its services to the public broadcaster. BHRT is now under heightened risk of closure.
Updates
10 Aug 2017
In August 2017, the Radio and Television of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BHRT) signed a deal with electric company Elektroprivreda – JP EP, establishing from that month onwards the collection of TV license fees through electricity bills. The agreement will be offered to other domestic electric companies as well, thus filling the gap that was left by the expiration in 2016 of the previous model for collecting the license fee.
Follow-ups
16 Jun 2017
CoE Commissioner for Human Rights says that greater efforts are needed to enhance social cohesion and media freedom in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
02 May 2017
The CoE Commissioner for Human Rights details the prerequisites for well-funded and strong public service media.
18 Apr 2017
OSCE Freedom of the Media Representative says that shutdown of public broadcaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina is neither a solution nor an option
Relevant CoE instruments Disclaimer
15 Dec 2016
Recommendation CM/Rec(2012)1 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on public service media governance (Adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 15 February 2012 at the 1134th meeting of the Ministers' Deputies)
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