Bosnia and Herzegovina: Code of Ethics

The Press Code, adopted in 1999, has been amended in 2005 and 2006. It states that journalists have the obligation to the public to maintain high ethical standards in any time and under any circumstances. It sets the main guidelines concerning editorial responsibility, discrimination, accuracy and fair reporting. The code is considered morally binding and the Press Council is responsible for its application but there is no concrete enforcement mechanism.

The Press Council in 2006 adopted “Recommendations for court media reporters regarding reporting on investigations and court processes” concerning the right for the public to obtain fair information on court activities. The Recommendations provide guidelines for the reporter to follow and they include references to professionalism, independency and respect for those involved in judiciary cases.

Concerning gender issues, the Council released guidelines in 2006 providing “recommendations for the media”.

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