How censorship works in real time

The brutal arrest of a solitary protestor occured during the inauguration of the new president of Republika Srpska. The country's public broadcaster covered every detail of the ceremony -- except for that one.

Tijana Cvjeticanin
Tijana Cvjeticanin Istinomjer, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Source: Istinomjer
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Željka Cvijanović inauguration, YouTube

Why this story matters:

In Republika Srpska, an entity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the campaign for October elections and protests over the unresolved murder of David Dragičević have been unfolding side by side for months. The ruling party (SNSD) won. Željka Cvijanović, who has been the entity's prime minister in the past term, was elected to become its president.

This has left thousands of protestors bitter. A "change at the top" would mean a stronger chance that the truth about the murder will finally be revealed. Instead, power was solidified -- prominent opposition politicians even joined the ruling party block.

The hope of protestors has all but faded, but some keep reminding "the powers that be" they are still demanding answers.

Two protesters decided to speak up during Cvijanović's inauguration ceremony. One was an underage girl who came and shouted "Who killed David?". She was arrested on the spot. The police later stated that she posed a threat, because she was carrying a knife. This was reported on RTRS, the RS public TV channel.

Another was David Krnjeta, a 21-year-old who carried a sticker with the protest slogan "Justice for David". Asked to present his documents, he started running from the police. He was caught, thrown to the ground and, by his own testimony, repeatedly beaten during and after the arrest.

RTRS covered the whole ceremony in real time, but haven't said a single word about any of that. 

Both incidents were equally documented by other media. Here, a policeman is seen ordering the journalist to turn away his camera (he replies "I can't do that. And you legally can not order me to do that").

For many, both the incident and the way it was (not) handled by the media in SNSD's orbit are a grim harbinger of what the next four years may bring.  

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