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Tribunal hosts a study visit of Bosnian journalists

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The Hague, 12 December 2011
Tribunal hosts a study visit of Bosnian journalists



The Tribunal’s Outreach Programme today welcomed a group of 13 journalists from Bosnian mainstream print and broadcast media on a five-day visit to the ICTY. This is the second five-day study visit of journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) organised by the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN), following a successful visit that took place in early July this year.

The visit is taking place as part of the Tribunal’s ongoing efforts to strengthen cooperation with members of the press from the former Yugoslavia and promote better understanding of the ICTY’s mandate, practices and legacy.

Anisa Sućeska Vekić, Director of BIRN BiH, said about the visit: "We welcome this opportunity to bring another group of BiH journalists to the Tribunal, as this kind of training will certainly help to improve the quality of reporting about the work of the ICTY in BIH mainstream media".

As part of their visit, the journalists will attend presentations on a variety of topics, including the prosecution of wartime sexual violence and the provision of support to victims and witnesses. The journalists will have an opportunity to improve their understanding of some legal concepts and practices applied by the Tribunal, such as the workings of the adversarial system and the concept of contempt of court.

The group will also have an opportunity to meet with fellow journalists covering the work of the Tribunal on a daily basis. They will also meet with representatives of the Tribunal’s communications services with whom they will discuss the Tribunal’s relations with the media and other relevant practical issues, including how to access public material and information on the ICTY’s website.

Given the important role played by the media in providing information to the public on the work of the Tribunal, journalists are a key target group of the ICTY’s Outreach Programme. As the ICTY moves towards the completion of its mandate, the Outreach Programme is intensifying its efforts to provide the communities of the former Yugoslavia with increased access to the Tribunal’s work and to promote a greater understanding of its achievements.

The Outreach Programme benefits from the continuous support of the European Union .

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