Chairman and Serb member of the BiH Presidency Milorad Dodik stated Tuesday the Intelligence and Security Agency /ISA/ has issued an order for monitoring certain media as part of the preparations to incriminate politically unfavourable people in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
He stated at a press conference in East Sarajevo that 05/1-4-1547/19 was a reference number of the order ordering the monitoring and steering of media in BiH.
Dodik said the media outlets included Dnevn Avaz, Radio and Television of Republika Srpska, Dnevni List, Nacional, Večernje Novosti, Večernji List, Informer, and several web portals which their goal is to demonise through media political opponents on the Bosniak and Croat side, as well as Republika Srpska as a whole.
“My responsibility comes down to the fact that this information is truthful, because it quotes a reference number and it is true that it is said that a system of monitoring of these media outlets has to be created, which means rounding up minions-collaborators who will write as they are told,” said Dodik.
Dodik warns that ISA is an estranged power centre under a direct influence of the Bosniak political structure headed by SDA leader Bakir Izetbegović.
According to him, it is ISA’s duty to inform the BiH Presidency about everything but that apparently everything is carried out selectively.
Dodik said there was a plan for ISA to prepare incrimination of politically unfavourable people in BiH and deliver it to the “minion the BiH Prosecutor’s Office” which is supposed to conduct investigations, like it did before against various politicians.
“Nothing happened after those people and their families were harassed for one whole year. Just look at what happened to Fahrudin Radončić or Dragan Čović,” noted Dodik.
Dodik also recalled that two years ago the Prosecutor’s Office opened an operative dialogue for the search of all premises he frequented.
“Why did they drop it, why didn’t they do it? They only care about creating a media story that will last with suitable media,” concluded the Serb member of the BiH Presidency.
The Management Board of the Press Council in BiH, the self-regulatory body for print and online media, with great disapproval and concern reacts to yesterday’s claims by the Chairman Dodik that the Intelligence Security Agency is monitoring and listening to a large number of media in BiH.
“On behalf of its members, print and online media, the Management Board of the Press Council calls on urgent investigation and verification of this information from the Prosecutor’s Office of BiH. Interception and monitoring of the media, with the intention of manipulating journalists, it is difficult to endanger the freedom of media coverage, the suppression of freedom of speech and the intimidation of journalists. These methods are absolutely impermissible in democracy.”, they said.