Authors Present Study on “Shrinking Space” and Bosnian Media

A study on the phenomenon of “shrinking space” – most commonly government restrictions hampering the work of civil society organizations – and its effects on Bosnian media was presented in Sarajevo by its authors.

“Media and Shrinking Space in Bosnia and Herzegovina: Silenced Alternative Voices”, co-authored by Belma Buljubašić and Lejla Turčilo, is the follow-up to a 2016 study on the shrinking space in the Western Balkans region.

“We tried to start a discussion on the shrinking space phenomenon in Bosnian media, because of the ‘media are part of the problem’ notion,” said Lejla Turčilo.

According to her, the study found that the shrinking space in Bosnian media is manifested as political or financial dependence and clientelism, and underdeveloped sensitivity for all things outside the mainstream.

The study was financed by the Heinrich Boll foundation.

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