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Alert created on: 08 Oct 2018 Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnian State TV Editor Receives Death Threats Over "Srebrenica Flower" Symbol Guidance

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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Marko Radoja, the editor-in-chief of the Bosnian public broadcaster BHRT, received over 200 threats, including death threats, after he sent a message to the TV's news presenters asking them not to display the "flower of Srebrenica," a symbol of remembrance of the victims of the Srebrenica genocide, on their lapels during coverage of the commemoration of the genocide. In the email he sent making the request, Radoja said his decision was purely professional, as he believed that “BHRT presenters, as public broadcaster employees, should be neutral and professional and therefore should not wear any symbols on their lapels”. However, the request led some critics to say that Radoja was a “genocide denier”, calling for his dismissal over his alleged breach of BHRT statute and the law. Mr Radoja has received police protection.
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