Media Monitoring finds that Bosnia and Herzegovina’s media has not provided enough information to the public on candidates in the forthcoming elections. It has been noted that in the first two weeks of the election campaign, there was a significantly higher coverage of governmental political subjects in the media while new parties and movements had almost no coverage, according to the preliminary analysis by the agency during the 2018 election campaign. Lejla Turčilo, professor at the Faculty of Political Science at the University of Sarajevo and author of the methodology and preliminary report, presented the key findings from the period from 7-21 September. Out of 2, 261 election segments, it has been observed that a large part of media space is devoted to the parties in power across different entities – as much as 35.1%, Turčilo said. Based on the number of media appearances, SDA is in the first place, followed by the SNSD and HDZ, according to the report’s author, adding that independent candidates and new political options have hardly had any media coverage. Of the individual candidates, Milorad Dodik has disproportionately higher number of media appearances than the other two candidates. There was also biased reporting in electronic media, the report finds, where 205 cases were registered. In the review of public broadcasters, Republika Srpska Radio TV (RTRS) was found to have the biggest level of biased approach – as many as 45 cases were noted. Media monitoring is carried out on a sample of 30 outlets – 5 daily newspapers, 10 news portals and 15 electronic media – with the aim to come up with recommendations for improving media legislation, especially in reference to election campaigns.
The city councillors have decided to ban the use of plastic bags in Belgrade from January 1, 2020. Merchants are obliged to remove the use of plastic bags in all retail facilities, as well as in services and other activities across the city in order to prevent or reduce the accumulation of municipal waste that damages the environment. Instead, customers will be offered paper bags with or without charge, or cotton-made bags also with or without charge. Business entities or individuals who fail to follow the regulation will pay fines, ranging from EUR 200 to EUR 1,200. Transparent plastic bags will be legal at the airports for security reasons.
Today, Kosovo introduced “Justice 2020” plan to tackle a number of problems in its justice system. At the launch of the initiative, ELUEX head of mission, Alexandra Papadopoulou, praised the plan, stressing that Kosovo institutions drafted it independently and that their contribution is instrumental to the change that should happen in Kosovo’s justice system. “Notably, Justice 2020 is a mechanism that was established proactively at the initiative of the Kosovo authorities. This is a very relevant aspect worth emphasising, because real change can only be achieved and sustained through local ownership. As long as it will remain in Kosovo – EULEX stands ready to provide its subject matter expert advice and its uniquely embedded perspective in many rule of law areas to this important initiative as well”, Papadopoulou said.