2 February 1998


Journalist's tapes seized

Incident details

Duska Jurisic


legal action

(IFJ/IFEX) - On 29 January 1998, Serbian police confiscated video tapes
belonging to Duska Jurisic, a journalist with the Television of Bosnia and
Hercegovina. Fifteen tapes were seized and included footage shot in Kosova
and Prishtina and material concerning recent protests by Albanian students.
The tapes, confiscated at the Macedonian border, included interviews with
Mahmut Bakali, Adem Demaci, Azem Vlasi, Momcilo Trajkovic, Fehmi Agani,
Albin Kurti, and Jonas Weis, Second Secretary of the Swedish embassy in
Yugoslvia. Jurisic, who had obtained the permission of the Ministry of
Information of the Republic of Serbia to work in the territories of Kosovo
and Metohija form 26 to 29 January 1998, was questioned for two hours before
being released.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • expressing concern that police have confiscated material from a
    professional journalist who was exercising her profession with the
    permission from the Serbian authorities
  • telling them that such action amounts not only to an attack on Jurisic's
    freedom of expression and that of her employer's but also to an attack on
    the free circulation of information throughout former Yugoslavia
  • reminding them that this action demonstrates both a failure to respect the
    fundamental principles of free expression and opinion and a lack of
    understanding among police officers
  • urging them to ensure that the confiscated material is returned to Jurisic
    undamaged and that all police officers are informed that such actions are

    Appeals To

    Carlos Westendorp
    High Representative to Bosnia-Herzegovina
    Fax: +387 71 44 74 20

    Vlajko Stojiljkovic
    Minister of Internal Affairs

    Ambassador Robert Barry

    Radmila Milentijevic
    Minister of Information

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    International Federation of Journalists
    International Press Centre, Residence Palace
    Bloc C, second floor, Rue de la Loi, 155
    1040 Brussels, Belgium

    Fax:+ 32 2 2352219

    IFEX members working in this country 1

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