Nerma Jelacic is new ICTY spokesperson

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The Hague _ Nerma Jelacic, the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network’s country director and editor in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the new spokesperson for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at The Hague, the court announced Tuesday.

Nerma Jelacic previously worked as a reporter for the British-based newspapers, the Observer, the Guardian and The Financial Times. She has covered foreign affairs and is a well-known expert on Balkan affairs.

Born in Visegrad, Bosnia, she was forced to leave her country during the war in the former Yugoslavia.

As director of the Bosnia office of the Institute for War and Peace Reporting from 2003, she organised training for regional journalists in the field of transitional justice, and was involved in many other similar projects.

In 2005, she became director of the BIRN office in Sarajevo and editor of the Balkan Insight news service as well as the Justice report.