Conference Public Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina in cooperation with SEEMO, Sarajevo, 13-14 June, 2017, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Tuesday 13 June 2017

The Bosnia and Herzegovina public service broadcaster (BHRT), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Journalist association, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), and the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO)call on Bosnia and Herzegovina authorities to undertake urgent measures to save national public service media (PSM) in BiH.

The above mentioned organisations urge BiH authorities to ensure political consensus about the importance of existing independent and professional national PSM in BiH, to find sustainable solutions for the funding of PSM, to undertake immediate amendments of the existing legislation and support the national public broadcaster as a factor for promoting and reinforcing democracy, European standards, ethnic tolerance and social cohesion.

The signatories of this statement in cooperation with the Council of Europe and the OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media, are organizing a conference on “National Public Service Broadcasting in Bosnia and Herzegovina” on 13 June in Sarajevo. The event will summon representatives of media, parliament, government, BiH authorities, representatives of international organizations, institutions and embassies, and experts to discuss possible solutions for the crisis and ensure proper implementation of Council of Europe and European Union’s standards. The participants will discuss the existing challenges and limits, share experiences and best practices of national and ethnic PSM in Europe and assess the need for legal changes, systemic changes and the request for the Croatian channel.

Key speakers will be Nils Muižnieks, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights and Ingrid Deltenre, EBU Director General.

BHRT will host the conference in one of its studios.

Tuesday 13 June 2017


Tuesday 13 June 2017

09:00-09:15 Welcome addresses

Mr Denis Zvizdić, President of Council of Ministers of BiH

Mrs Dejana Radovanović Šarenac, President of BHRT Supervisory Board

Key notes speeches:

Mr Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the European Broadcasting Union

09:45-10:00 Coffee

Panel 1:

10:00-11:00 Challenges for public service media in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Financial, legal, ethnic, political challenges for PSM in BiH; remit; role for democracy; role for social cohesion; European standards

Chair: Borka Rudić

Panelists: Mr Belmin Karamehmedović, Director General of BHRT, Mr Frane Maroević, Director of OSCE RoFM, Paco Audije, Member of the Broadcasting Expert Group at the European Federation of Journalists, Mr Predrag Kovač, Director of CRA Discussion

Panel 2

11:00-12:30 Urgent help for BHRT

Political will; Financial help; Audience support to BHRT

Chair: Mufid Memija

Panelists: Momčilo Novaković, MP, Sead Kadić, MP, Nikola Lovrinović, MP, Mr Denis Zvizdić, Chairman of Council of Ministers of BiH, Ismir Jusko, Minister of Transport & Communications, Mr Marko Filli, Member of the EBU Executive Board, Oliver Vujović, Secretary General of South East Europe Media Organisation SEEMO


12:30-13:30 Lunch

Panel 3

13:30-14:30 Current political setting for public service media

CoE standards on minorities and their representation in media; experience of constitutional nations and minorities; Swiss model; Spanish model

Chair: Borka Rudić

Panelists: Mr Nils Muižnieks, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms Ingrid Deltenre, Director General of the EBU, Dr Juan Barata Mir, international expert on freedom of expression and media regulation, Fellow at the Centre for Internet & Human Rights, Germany


14:30-15:00 Special session with Tanja Fajon, Member of European Parliament

Chair: Boris Bergant

15:00-15:30 Coffee

Panel 4

15:30-17:00 Sustainability of PSM system in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Changes of the system; Legal changes; Croatian channel

Chair: Mr Boris Bergant, EBU

Panelists: Ivan Vukoja, representative of HNS, Mr Belmin Karamehmedović, Director General BHRT, Mr Džemal Šabić, Director General of RTVFBiH, Mr Draško Milinović, Director General of RTRS, Patrick Penninckx, Council of Europe Head of Information Society Department, Dunja Mijatović, Former OSCE Representative of Freedom of the Media


Panel 5

16:30-17:30 Conclusions

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Panel 5

09:00-11:30 Proposals for PSM in BiH

Chair: Mr Boris Bergant, European Broadcasting Union

Panelists: EBU, CoE, EFJ, OSCE, BHRT, SEEMO,


11:30-11:45 Coffee

Panel 6

11:45-12:30 Conclusions