Press release

CJA finds the Press Release of Croatian Judges Association inadmissible and insulting for journalists and even for all Croatian citizens

10.05.2016.

CJA is disappointed by the way Đuro Sessa, president of the Supreme Court and president of the Croatian Judges Association (UHS), addressed the public insulting journalists, political commentators and general public regarding Supreme Court verdict in Fini Media case.

In that Press Release it is said that many distorted comments and messages with wrong explanation of the Supreme Court decision have been published and, deliberately or not, the public was misled.

PR even explained some legal phrases Mr. Đuro Sessa found unclear to journalists or the public. There PR really became inadmissible:

“If someone is not satisfied with court decision, they write about ‘dusk of law’ and that depends on interested groups or individuals who find the court decision not suitable. Sometimes these are politicians, sometime NOGs, sometimes lawyers, sometimes alleged experts with alleged ‘insider’s information or journalists who write too often for somebody’s interest or in somebody’s name. Their common denominator is not to have any knowledge or just poor knowledge of law but great wish to defame judiciary.

Therefore we ask all tomas, devčićs, kregars (names of journalists) and many other smatterers to kindly inform the court and general public what kind of decisions they would like to see in certain cases to avoid all future misunderstandings. So courts would know how to arbitrate, when to make and publish their decisions and finally enjoy journalists’ affection. Not because they perform their duties according to the law, but according to journalists’ wishes”, was said in the Press Release signed by Đuro Sessa, UHS president.

The CJA reminds that every citizen, consequently every judge, may ask for amendment from the published which published the article not according to what he/she considers to be accurate and eventually sue it. It can also be reported to the CJA Ethical Board.

Peevish and ironic tone of that Press Release, including the statement that common denominator for all critics of Supreme Court decisions is “not to have any knowledge or just poor knowledge of law but great wish to defame judiciary” we find inadmissible in public communication, especially coming from the person representing one of three pillars of administration in Croatia. We find it most abusive and threatening.

Just one illustration: Đuro Sessa, on one hand, objects many “distorted comments” and “messages with wrong explanations” of the Supreme Court decision and consequently “misleading the public” as nobody knows reasons for revoking the Sanader’s sentence.

On the other hand, Đuro Sessa, knowing as much or as little as every journalist, claims their comments to be “distorted”, “wrong” and “malicious”.

If that represents the level of juridical work and model of communication with general public, we are seriously concerned about state of justice in our country.

About some recent examples of censorship, attacks on journalists and other forms of pressures aimed to make journalistic work hard, even impossible, the CJA will have press conference on October 6 (Tuesday), 12 o’clock, the Journalist Building.

CJA is disappointed by the way Đuro Sessa, president of the Supreme Court and president of the Croatian Judges Association (UHS), addressed the public insulting journalists, political commentators and general public regarding Supreme Court verdict in Fini Media case.

In that Press Release it is said that many distorted comments and messages with wrong explanation of the Supreme Court decision have been published and, deliberately or not, the public was misled.

PR even explained some legal phrases Mr. Đuro Sessa found unclear to journalists or the public. There PR really became inadmissible:

“If someone is not satisfied with court decision, they write about ‘dusk of law’ and that depends on interested groups or individuals who find the court decision not suitable. Sometimes these are politicians, sometime NOGs, sometimes lawyers, sometimes alleged experts with alleged ‘insider’s information or journalists who write too often for somebody’s interest or in somebody’s name. Their common denominator is not to have any knowledge or just poor knowledge of law but great wish to defame judiciary.

Therefore we ask all tomas, devčićs, kregars (names of journalists) and many other smatterers to kindly inform the court and general public what kind of decisions they would like to see in certain cases to avoid all future misunderstandings. So courts would know how to arbitrate, when to make and publish their decisions and finally enjoy journalists’ affection. Not because they perform their duties according to the law, but according to journalists’ wishes”, was said in the Press Release signed by Đuro Sessa, UHS president.

The CJA reminds that every citizen, consequently every judge, may ask for amendment from the published which published the article not according to what he/she considers to be accurate and eventually sue it. It can also be reported to the CJA Ethical Board.

Peevish and ironic tone of that Press Release, including the statement that common denominator for all critics of Supreme Court decisions is “not to have any knowledge or just poor knowledge of law but great wish to defame judiciary” we find inadmissible in public communication, especially coming from the person representing one of three pillars of administration in Croatia. We find it most abusive and threatening.

Just one illustration: Đuro Sessa, on one hand, objects many “distorted comments” and “messages with wrong explanations” of the Supreme Court decision and consequently “misleading the public” as nobody knows reasons for revoking the Sanader’s sentence.

On the other hand, Đuro Sessa, knowing as much or as little as every journalist, claims their comments to be “distorted”, “wrong” and “malicious”.

If that represents the level of juridical work and model of communication with general public, we are seriously concerned about state of justice in our country.

About some recent examples of censorship, attacks on journalists and other forms of pressures aimed to make journalistic work hard, even impossible, the CJA will have press conference on October 6 (Tuesday), 12 o’clock, the Journalist Building.

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