BIRN launches campaign against censorship on war crimes
Thu Jul 4, 2013 9:12AM
The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network has launched a campaign against a court ruling that called for the names of war crimes defendants to be kept anonymous and full audio and video recordings of hearings not to be made public. The "Stop Censorship about War Crimes" campaign aims to amend current rulebooks, which are denying journalists and ordinary citizens full access to judicial processes.The Balkan Investigative Reporting Network launched a campaign to stop censorship when it comes to war crimes and other serious crimes that are being prosecuted before judicial institutions in Bosnia and Herzegovina. A news agency specialized in reporting of war-crimes processing before local judicial bodies, started a campaign "Stop censorship on war crimes" in order to draw attention to the denial and the selection of information from war crimes trials. After the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina decided last year to use initials instead of first and last names in documents, soon other courts and prosecutions in the country began implementing the same practices. The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina also decided to issue only ten-minute audio or video recordings from trials making it impossible for public to hear all the evidences and in general to know all the facts from the trials. The campaign „ Stop censorship on war crimes “is important for citizens because all war crimes must be known to public and all victims need to be encouraged to come forward. Although this decision was condemned by many, the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina has still not changed its rulebook. The BiH Prosecution's indictment is no longer available to the public, which makes it difficult to the press to follow the trials. Bosnia is inviting all citizens, the media, and NGOs to support the campaign aimed at putting an end to withholding information. By supporting this campaign, the future generations will be enabled to know who war criminals are, and find out the truth about the heinous crimes committed by them.