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Journalists are unaware of their labour rights/ are unacquainted with their labour rights PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 14 July 2011 00:00

debata_travnikTRAVNIK: Unawareness of one's labour rights, fear of employers as well as political and economic split among media are reasons why journalists' rights are being violated on a daily basis. This is said on a public debate “Solidarity among journalists as a mean to protect the profession“ held today in Travnik.

The participants of the debate, organized by B&H Journalists Association, emphasized that it is necessary for journalists to fight for their rights individually, but that they should also connect to each other and seek for help from unions and media institutions when their right are being violated.

The president of the Union of graphic artists, editor and media operatives in B&H Amer Toskić said that 90% of journalists are unaware of their labour rights and they do not know whom to turn to in case of violation of these rights.

“This is why we face media owners' autocracy and violation of journalists' labour rights. The Union has won few verdicts concering this issue, which proved that it is possible to protect one's rights. All the journalists must engage themselves in unions in order to protect their rights.“, said Toskić.

TNT radio director from Travnik, Edin Lolić said that there is no solidarity among journalists in Travnik.

“The shutdown of RTV Travnik testifies to it. No one engaged to help solve the problems of those left jobless. One of the problems is that today everyone calls himself a journalist. One of the solutions is it privatization of local public media. In that way market balance would be restored and equality ensures solidarity.“ , said Lolić.

During the debate it has been suggested for the issue of privatization of local public media to be initiated and the propositon to set up a Journalist club under the B&H Journalists Association by a model of those in Bihać, Banja Luka, Zenica and other BH cities has been endorsed. The debate was held within the“Media Manifest“ project, supported by the USAID.

 

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