Bosnia

2004

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Attacks on the Press 2003: Bosnia-Herzegovina

Corruption and political chaos in Bosnia and Herzegovina gave journalists many scandals to cover in 2003, from massive fraud at state power companies to illegal weapons sales to Iraq.

Journalists endured a wide array of harassment and abuses, including threatening phone calls, politically motivated tax inspections, retaliatory lawsuits, and physical attacks, most of which were initiated by politicians, businessmen, government officials, and the police. Hopes for greater accountability for press freedom abuses were dashed by the October 2002 general elections, when the three nationalist political parties that led the country into a brutal civil war in the 1990s were all voted back into office at both local and national levels.
March 11, 2004 12:06 PM ET
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