MIP holds presentation for young journalists from the Western Balkans region

The Hague
MIP holds presentation for young journalists from the Western Balkans region

On 8 April 2022, the Mechanism Information Programme for Affected Communities (MIP), presented its work, including multimedia productions and media resources, to a group of 21 young journalists from across the entire Western Balkans region.

The group was in Sarajevo on a study visit aimed at enhancing synergies among young journalists from the region and supporting reconciliation and regional cooperation, including for the benefit of an informed, democratic society facing contemporary disinformation challenges.

The event, organised in cooperation with the European Commission and the European Union delegation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), took place in connection with the marking of the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the war in BiH. The MIP team in attendance, consisting of Ms. Rada Pejić-Sremac, MIP coordinator, Ms. Anisa Sućeska, youth outreach coordinator, Ms. Nataša Damnjanović, video director and Ms. Sara Vukicevic, public infomation assistant, introduced the young journalists to the work of the MIP.

During her remarks, Ms. Pejić-Sremac highlighted that the MIP aims to contribute to the processes of transitional justice and strengthening the rule of law in the Western Balkans region. She explained that the MIP uses the archives and legacies of the ICTY and the Mechanism, in particular the adjudicated cases of these institutions, to present fact-based accounts of crimes committed during the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia.

At the event, MIP introduced its largest project to date - an online exhibition entitled Srebrenica: Timeline of a Genocide, which has reached a large audience via the Mechanism’s website and social media pages. The journalists were also shown a selection of short videos produced for the MIP’s various social media campaigns.

The MIP is generously supported by the European Union, and the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs.

The aim of the MIP is to improve the knowledge and understanding of citizens and communities in the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the crimes committed during the conflicts of the 1990s, based on ICTY and Mechanism cases.