Reporters from Bosnia and Herzegovina to Visit Hague Tribunal

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BIRN Bosnia and Herzegovina has organized a seven-day study tour to the Hague for members of the Association of Court Reporters, AIS, comprised of journalists from across Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The aim of the visit to the Hague is to enable journalists from Bosnia and Herzegovina to become closely acquainted with the work of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, ICTY.

According to the programme, the journalists attended trials for war crimes in the case of Radovan Karadzic, Zdravko Tolimir, Mico Stanisic and Stojan Zupljanin and a plea hearing in the case of Ratko Mladic.

The journalists had the opportunity to prepare reports for their media stations with support from BIRN staff members in writing those articles.

In addition, workshops were held in order to discuss the achievements of the Court over the past 15 years of its work, reporting on mass crimes, contempt of court, work with witnesses and other topics. 

The journalists held meetings with Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor of the Hague Tribunal, John Hocking, ICTY Registrar and representatives of the Defence Council, Office for Victims and Witnesses, Detention Unit and other ICTY services.

Fifteen journalists from several media stations from Bosnia and Herzegovina participated in the visit to the Hague from July 3 to 10.