19th March 2001

 

SARAJEVO JOURNALIST TO PROVIDE BALKAN INSIGHT

 

A Bosnian journalist who was forced into exile during the recent conflict in former Yugoslavia will lecture on human rights at the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside tomorrow (Tuesday).

 

Journalism students will hear a talk by Zrinka Bralo, a reporter from Sarajevo who was exiled because of the help she gave to foreign journalists during the Balkans war.

 

She will speak to students in the Cargill Lecture Theatre from 9am until 10am on Tuesday 20th March.

 

“It’s very important not simply to study human rights in isolation as an academic subject but also to bring students into contact with people at the sharp end,” said Journalism lecturer Bernie Russell.

 

“Zrinka is a case in point – she was a journalist working in a war zone and she had to leave her home just for doing her job. We have to make students aware of that kind of injustice and hope that they’ll never have to practise journalism in similar circumstances.”

 

Zrinka’s experiences led her to be involved with the National Coalition of Anti-Deportation Campaigns (www.ncadc.org.uk) and she has recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Taking a Stand’ programme.

 

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Zrinka Bralo will be available for interview and photographs from 10am until 12 noon tomorrow (Tuesday). Please advise the press office:

 

Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager

University of Lincolnshire & Humberside

Tel: 01522 886042

email: jashberry@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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