ICTJ Praises BIRN’s Work on Al Jazeera

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Refik Hodzic, director of the International Center for Transitional Justice ICTJ, recognized the importance on BIRN’s specialized reporting on transitional justice issues on Al Jazeera Balkans’ current affairs TV show, Kontekst, on April 15.

The topic of the show was the importance of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia, ICTY.

Hodzic said the key problem that the Tribunal faced was the political context in which the Tribunal operated. Detailed reporting on ICTY trials conducted by the SENSE Agency and, in recent years, by BIRN – Balkan Insight, with support from civil society, was evolving in a political context that was hostile towards the work of Tribunal. Politicians who influenced public opinion, and the media under their control, were continuously working against the facts established by the Tribunal, he said. 

Other guests on the show were Natasa Kandic, founder of the Humanitarian Law Center and Anto Nobilo, the lawyer.

Kontekst is a daily programme aired by the Balkans branch of the international Al Jazeera news network. It was launched in 2011. The April 15 edition can be seen by following this link: http://balkans.aljazeera.net/video/kontekst-znacaj-tribunala-u-hagu.