SARAJEVO, November 2 (FENA) - The International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists is marked today, November 2 and on this occasion, the SafeJournalists Network is launching the campaign #SHEDLIGHT.
The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the problem of impunity for attacks on journalists, which is present in all countries of the Western Balkans. There are very few cases with a judicial epilogue and punishments for the perpetrators.
The BH Journalists Association stated that 21 cases of attacks and threats against journalists were reported to the competent institutions last year in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but none of these cases have yet received a judicial conclusion.
"We want the 160 cases of attacks and threats against journalists that occurred in 2021 in the Western Balkans to receive a judicial epilogue. There were 179 attacks and threats against journalists reported to the competent institutions in 2021 in the Western Balkan region (Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Croatia and Albania). Of that number, only 19 cases were resolved before the court as first-instance and final judgments, out of which 12 were convictions," stated the SafeJournalists.
All of the partners within our SafeJournalists network have joined the campaign of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) for the adoption of the International Convention dedicated to the protection of journalists and media professionals.
IFJ is calling on governments around the world, journalists and media groups to support the adoption of the Convention on the Safety and Independence of Journalists and Other Media Professionals.
According to the IFJ, despite many protocols, guidelines and proposals, journalists still face threats every day – and impunity continues to worsen the situation. Nine out of every ten murders of journalists go unpunished, announced the BH Journalists Association.
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