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Media Trends and Challenges for Professional Journalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina
Media Trends and Challenges for Professional Journalism in Bosnia-Herzegovina

Author(s): Lejla Turčilo
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Südosteuropa Gesellschaft e.V.

Summary/Abstract: Bosnia-Herzegovina (B&H) is a country burdened with the past and a blur vision of the future. The difficult political, economic and social situation is reflected in many aspects of the country’s life; one of them is the media sector. B&H media have been in a most difficult situation since the end of the Bosnian war 1995 and journalism as a profession is dealing with serious challenges which do not only jeopardize media freedom and independence, but also the right of citizens to base their political, economic and other decisions on proper, true and non-biased information. These challenges are related not only to pressure on media, using, misusing and abusing of media by political and economic elites, but also to a decrease in professional standards, loss of the informative and educational function of media and lack of investigative and brave journalism. In order to change such a situation debates about media in B&H should start moving towards developing media as means to inform, educate and create public opinion. Media managers, journalists, regulators, as well as actors in the educational system and the NGO sector (both national and international) should join their efforts in improving the media scene in Bosnia-Herzegovina.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 02
  • Page Range: 42-52
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: English