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Bosnia and Herzegovina

The media in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Serbo-Croatian: Bosna i Hercegovina [BiH]) should be viewed within the context of media in postsocialist Eastern Europe as a whole, taking into consideration some unique characteristics of the country. The health of the media in any given country is tied to the overall health of the society. This entry discusses the political context of BiH during and after the Bosnian War and the current media landscape in BiH.

Political Context

Political complexities, slow postwar reform, and the challenges of adjusting to a post-socialist form of government all contribute to chaotic media environment in BiH. Transformation of the socialist system from government to private ownership, the so-called privatization, has been characterized by corruption in BiH. In addition, globalization and neoliberal policies, such ...

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