Press release

We are against possible ban of Indeks.hr portal

05.05.2016.

The Croatian Journalists’ Association is strongly against possible ban of Index.hr portal after it has been indicted due to article “Dead person alive: Catholic necrophilistic orgies are the silliest show on HRT”, published on April 13, 2016.

The CJA has responded by press release to the article in question, as it does to every other article or commentary we find abusive for religious people feelings who wanted but pay their respect to remains of Leopold Bogdan Mandić.

We did it as we found the content and style of mocking, especially in the commentary, included intolerant reaction to publicly expressed religious feelings. But that does not mean the CJA supports the initiative to ban Index.hr portal in any way.

The CJA advocates professional and ethical standards in journalism regardless of views or any other differences in the society and has reacted, and will go on doing so, to every violation, but is strictly against drastic measures, especially if it is not about hate speech and call for violence. Measures that might mean preventing media to stay on the market we find not admissible.

Sša Leković, CJA president

The Croatian Journalists’ Association is strongly against possible ban of Index.hr portal after it has been indicted due to article “Dead person alive: Catholic necrophilistic orgies are the silliest show on HRT”, published on April 13, 2016.

The CJA has responded by press release to the article in question, as it does to every other article or commentary we find abusive for religious people feelings who wanted but pay their respect to remains of Leopold Bogdan Mandić.

We did it as we found the content and style of mocking, especially in the commentary, included intolerant reaction to publicly expressed religious feelings. But that does not mean the CJA supports the initiative to ban Index.hr portal in any way.

The CJA advocates professional and ethical standards in journalism regardless of views or any other differences in the society and has reacted, and will go on doing so, to every violation, but is strictly against drastic measures, especially if it is not about hate speech and call for violence. Measures that might mean preventing media to stay on the market we find not admissible.

Sša Leković, CJA president

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