IWPR Project Reviews

Overview of important programme outcomes and activities.

June - July 2011

The three members of the panel at which the IWPR documentary was screened. From left to right, Bosnian movie director Ahmed Imamovic, IWPR reporter Marija Arnauitovic, and Italian director Mirko Pincelli. (Photos: Vanja Pantic and Kristi Roybal)

Participants at an international conference in Sarajevo last month said an IWPR documentary on the ethnically-mixed village of Baljvine gave hope that members of different ethnic groups in Bosnia can live together, despite the divisions imposed on them by the country’s politicians.

Ratko Mladic in the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)

IWPR’s June coverage of the arrest of the Hague tribunal’s most wanted suspect Ratko Mladic was seen by some young readers in Serbia as much better informed, objective and wide-ranging than the local media’s reporting of the story.

April - May 2011

Fedja Huskovic’s headstone, with his name and year of birth engraved on it, but a space for the year of death. (Photo: Ajdin Kamber)

Associations representing relatives of people who disappeared during the Bosnian war say a report by IWPR on the subject has helped to draw attention to their continued struggle to find loved ones sixteen years after the conflict.

Location of a wartime frontline in the Dobrinja suburb of Sarajevo. (Photo: Mirza Ajnadzić)

Young journalists trained by IWPR and its local partners to report on transitional justice issues say this experience has enabled them to better understand some important issues confronting Bosnia’s post-war society.

February - March 2011

Scene from Tales of Transition, a mini TV-series produced by IWPR.

Serbian high school students attending the first public screening of IWPR’s mini-series on the return of displaced people to their homes in Bosnia said it gave them a rare chance to learn about a little-discussed part of their recent history.

December 2010 - January 2011

Village of Baljvine. (Photo: IWPR)

The organisers of an award for those who promote ethnic tolerance in Bosnia have short-listed an ethnically-mixed village after it was featured in an IWPR article.

Trainees at the Sarajevo workshop on transitional justice reporting held by IWPR and its local partners, 10-12 Jan 2011. (Photo: IWPR)

Young journalists are being equipped with the skills for reporting transitional justice issues as part of a project run by IWPR and its local partners in Bosnia.

October - November 2010

Memorials in Bosnia should be built to all victims, regardless of their ethnicity, and for that to happen politicians should pass state-level legislation regulating the process, concluded a recent IWPR round table in Sarajevo.

The monument to Bosniak victims in Kozarac is one of the only memorials for non-Serbs that has been permitted by officials in Republika Srpska. Each of the 1,226 candles represents one person who died. (Photo: Sanda Ullen)

IWPR's special report Calls for War Memorials Divide Bosnia was widely republished in the region, with local editors and politicians viewing the piece as an important contribution to the transitional justice debate.

August - September 2010

IWPR’s ICTY programme manager Merdijana Sadovic, addressing a recent conference in The Hague, spoke about the media’s role in the Balkan wars of the Nineties and how reporting contributed to the escalation of the conflict and, in some cases, may have incited war crimes.

The head of a Bosnian municipality has vowed to address complaints by Serb returnees featured in an IWPR film.

Jun - July 2010

IWPR Handbooks.

IWPR was this summer among a small group of experts who put the finishing touches to a global curriculum for students of journalism on coverage of international criminal justice.

April - May 2010

The IWPR story examined a complex legal battle over the arrest of the former member of the Bosnian presidency.

An IWPR report on Bosnia’s attempts to extradite a Bosnian Muslim politician has been singled out by media in the region for providing an objective, insightful account of a highly-charged issue.

February - March 2010

Reporting Justice: A Handbook on Covering War Crimes Courts

IWPR joins initiative to give journalism students worldwide a deeper knowledge of international criminal law and justice.

December 2009 - January 2010

A workshop held in Zagreb has boosted interest in war crimes reporting among Croatian journalists and highlighted the need for better coverage in the local media.

October - November 2009

Radovan Karadzic at the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)

Commentators in former Yugoslavia have singled out the objectivity and balance of IWPR's reporting of two key recent developments in the region - the start of the trial of the former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic and the early release from prison of one his former allies, Biljana Plavsic.

September 2009

Velma Saric, an IWPR-trained journalist in Sarajevo.

A Bosnian trainee described the personal and professional impact of her work as an IWPR reporter covering war crimes trials in Sarajevo and The Hague.

July - August 2009

IWPR’s work in the Hague was welcomed by journalists and analysts across the Balkans following the end of the key trial of two Bosnian Serbs, Milan and Sredoje Lukic.

International Justice/ICTY: March - August 2008

Radovan Karadzic at the ICTY courtroom. (Photo: ICTY)

Perhaps the most dramatic development at the Hague tribunal in the last six months was the capture of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic who was arrested in Serbia after 12 years on the run.

In August, the tribunal project highlighted the growing concerns of some tribunal observers that the judge likely to be appointed to preside over the Karadzic trial could face possible conflicts of interest.

French journalist Florence Hartmann at the ICTY. (Photo: ICTY)

In August, a tribunal development which caused a stir worldwide was the indictment of Florence Hartmann, a former spokeswoman for the Hague court’s chief prosecutor, for contempt of court.

Panoramic view of Stolac (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

In June this year, Jennings travelled to Bosnia on a field trip, which resulted in his article Stolac: A Town Deeply Divided.

Stojan Zupljanin at the ICTY. (Photo: ICTY)

In June, IWPR’s coverage of the arrest of former Bosnian Serb security chief Stojan Zupljanin – then one of four remaining war crimes suspects on the tribunal’s wanted list – prompted enquiries from a number of local and international media.

Tribunal officials and human rights activists said that an IWPR article on the unscrupulous practice of selling information on mass grave sites has highlighted a serious problem in the region.

Vojislav Seselj at the ICTY. (Photo: ICTY)

In June, the project team probed allegations that the party of ultra-nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj was involved in intimidating Hague tribunal prosecution witnesses into testifying for the defence.

IWPR round-table held in The Hague. (Photo: IWPR)

In May, IWPR held a round-table debate in The Hague at which participants discussed the tribunal’s treatment of key documents believed to contain evidence of Serbia’s role in the Balkans wars of the Nineties.

In the last six months, IWPR’s radio programme Facing Justice produced jointly with Radio Free Europe, RFE, has continued to bring important issues to the attention of the region.

On April 3, tribunal judges acquitted Kosovo’s ex-prime minister Ramush Haradinaj and his co-accused Idriz Balaj of all charges, in a decision which sent shockwaves throughout the region.