Parliamentarians met in Sarajevo to discuss independence and impartiality of the media

Strasbourg, 24.05.2017 - A seminar on the independence and impartiality of the media, organised by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in co-operation with the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina, took place in Sarajevo on Monday 29 May 2017.

The seminar – the second in a series of three to implement the Assembly’s part in the Council of Europe Action Plan for Bosnia and Herzegovina 2015-2017 – brought together parliamentarians, journalists, media institutions and local and international media experts to look at what needs to change in the country’s laws to bring them into line with Council media standards.

Participants aimed to define clearly the role, mission and responsibilities of the public service broadcaster in Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to debate its editorial, financial and managerial independence against political and economic interference.

Other topics covered included ensuring adequate transparency as regards who owns or influences media outlets, and the role and powers of media regulators in a democratic society.

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The seminar, was open to the press and took place in the “White Room” of the National Assembly (Trg Bosne i Hercegovine 1, 71000 Sarajevo), from 10am to 6pm. It was live-streamed in Bosnian on the website of the Parliament of Bosnia and Herzegovina.