Croatian President says shaming media law should be scrapped

Croatian President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović told an international media freedom delegation today that she supports efforts to protect the independence of national public broadcaster HRT and to repeal her country’s controversial ‘shaming’ law.


The Government firmly supports Hasanbegović: Croatia protects and promotes pluralism and media diversity

He Government today at its phone session rejected motion about Minister Hasanbegović’s responsibility for undermining the reputation of the country, threatening freedom of expression and making development of media space in Croatia less possible. The Government found argument rose in the motion not to be founded.


GONG April Report on Hate Speech: Rehabilitation of Ustasha period is still going on

Process of rehabilitation of Ustasha regime by talking about it at the same level as about anti-fascism started strongly in April, shows GONG Report on monitoring hate speech, discriminatory speech, stereotypes and agitated speech in news media.


Journalism in Croatia: lower salaries, pressure of advertisers and trivialization of information

Self-censorship as a result of economic pressure, lowering of salaries, trivialization of journalistic content and poor protection of authors’ rights are some of issues journalists in Croatia are facing daily. Media professionals have assessed Croatian media situation for IREX annual Index of Media Sustainability in 2015.


Ante Tomić’s attacker received suspended sentence of 7 days imprisonment

J. N. (27) received suspended sentence of 7 days imprisonment due to attack on journalist and writer Ante Tomić on March 31, 2016 in Split after Festival of Short Stories “Pričigin”.


VEM Forum: Hate speech creates atmosphere that makes impossible to be possible

Key topic of Forum entitled „Hate speech and responsibility of media – from freedom of speech to violation of law“ was „Where does freedom of speech end and hate speech begin?“ Forum was organized by Electronic Media Council and it was held at the Journalist Building. Generally, hate speech is still „hard to catch“ and because of that it is very dangerous for healthy democracy, especially as it might create atmosphere where certain behaviors, previously impossible, turns into possible. That was conclude after Forum discussion.  


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