BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA: SEEMO urges authorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina to protect journalists

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA, 29/12/2014

The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) was appalled to learn about yet another case of media freedom violations in Bosnia, only days after the last reaction.

Employees of the Ministry of Interior Affairs in Sarajevo, as well as members of the police, raided the offices of internet portal Klix.ba early this morning. They were sent to allegedly collect items that would help them in an ongoing investigation.

For the next several hours, journalists were asked to leave the office and wait in a separate room, while prohibited from posting content online or communicating with anybody outside of the perimeter. Their personal mobile phones, documents, USB sticks and computer hardware with data were taken away. They were told not to post anything related to the raid on their website.

SEEMO is dismayed by such developments and is calling on the government and institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina to stop these media freedom violations. Journalists must be allowed to work in a free, democratic atmosphere without pressure, censorship and intimidation.

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