Advancing tolerance and respect online: The case of Bosnia and Herzegovina

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How can media, in particular press councils, contribute to a culture of peace in transitional societies? It is well known that racist, intolerant and discriminatory speeches are major obstacles for advancing the cohesion and stability of transitional societies.

Despite laws, instances of incitement to hatred continue to be found in all regions of the world, especially in countries having a post-conflict environment. While media can contribute to intensifying conflicts by disseminating hate speech, at the same time, journalists adhering to high professional standards can counter the spread of ignorance, intolerance and hatred. UNESCO therefore is convinced that a press council can play a significant role in a peace process. >> Read more

Interview with Ljiljana Zurovac

In an interview with UNESCO, Ljiljana Zurovac, the Executive Director of the Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina explains us how her press council has addressed the issue of hate speech with a campaign called “You Are Not Invisible” focusing on hate speech in anonymous comments on web portals. She also shares with us some of the challenges they encountered in the new digital environment.

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Press Council in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Press Council is a self-regulatory body for print and online media, which mediates between unsatisfied media readers; supervises the application of the Press Code; improves professional standards in print and online media of Bosnia-Herzegovina; protects public from unprofessional journalistic reporting; and protects media from pressures that jeopardize freedom of the press.

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Media Accountability in South East Europe and Turkey

Launched in December 2012 by UNESCO and the European Commission, this project is a follow up to an already productive engagement in the promotion of freedom of expression in the region for both organizations. It will involve press councils and media associations and it will help to strengthen self-regulatory mechanisms.

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