Media and communications officials of the assembly of Bosnian Croat parties, HNS, Ivan Vukoja and Ilija Musa, told a press conference that the HNS wants the public broadcasters in the country restructured as to include a broadcaster in Croatian language. Details of the the assembly’s proposed restructuring will be presented in a public debate in Sarajevo on Monday, February 27.
Musa said that the current structure of the public broadcasting system is not right for Bosnian Croats. According to him, the structure of the public broadcasting system should reflect the constitutional, social, and political fact that Bosnia has three main ethnic groups.
“The introduction of a public broadcaster in Croatian language would lead to harmonization and integration of Bosnian public media space,” said Musa.
Bosnia has three public broadcasters, one national (BHRT) and two entity broadcasters (RTRS and RTV FBiH).
Speaking on the proposal of the HNS, Vukoja said that it is intended to explain and prove that Bosnian Croats as one of the three main groups have the right to a public broadcaster in their language. According to that right, he said, they offered a transformation of the entire system because they believe the current concept and model of the system is not in accordance with the Constitution and its basic principle on three main ethnic groups in the country.
Vukoja said that the existing system – two entity broadcasters and one national – reflects the territorial division of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but not the fact that the country has three main groups.
Speaking on the models suggested by the HNS, Vukoja said that their basic model reflects the basic structure of BiH – three main groups – and that each of them should have their own public broadcaster, with one national broadcaster to serve all main and minority groups. He added that the current entity broadcasters, the RTRS and RTV FBiH, would be excluded from the public broadcasting system, get the status of entity broadcasters and be financed from the entity budgets.
The HNS has also a back-up model, according to which the public broadcasting system would be made of the umbrella BHRT at the national level, the RTRS and Radio and Television of the Federation. The Federation broadcaster would have two radio and television services, one in Bosnian and one in Croatian language. The RTRS would broadcast in Serbian, Vukoja said.