Analysis 28 Nov 16

‘Black Book’ Threat Alarms Bosnian Serb Free Thinkers

Critics of the ruling party in Republika Srpska fear the President’s threat to publish a blacklist of its enemies marks the start of a witch hunt.

Maja Garaca Djurdjevic
Banja Luka
Milorad Dodik

The announcement by the head of the ruling party in the Bosnian Serb-led entity Republika Srpska that he will publish a “Black book” of the party’s enemies has drawn much criticism.

Some have condemned what they call an open witch hunt by Milorad Dodik, president of RS's strongest party, the Alliance of Independent Social Democrats, SNSD, aimed at amplifying pressure on government critics and silencing opposing voices.

“This needs to be taken seriously because we have had lists of unsuitable people and companies in the past,” said Srdjan Puhalo, a Banja Luka-based social psychologist.

“It is only a matter of time before the SNSD increases pressure and controls all aspects of society,” he said.

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