Overwhelming Media Censorship in Croatia, Croatia to Join European Union in July, 2013

2 04 2013

Freedom of the Press, the EU and Democracy” – Panel Discussion, November 2011

Participants: Denis Latin, Aleksandar Stankovic, Ana Jelinic, Jasna Babic, Drago Pilsel, Domagoj Margetic, Lela Knezevic, Maja Sever, Munir Podumljak (moderator)

  • In Croatia, censorship is in force
  • Censorship is not punishable.  Those that enforce censorship are getting richer by censorship.
  • Croatian media space refuses to seriously tackle with this issue.  Non-existence of the real freedom of the press and speech – ends up as marginalized personal stories of journalists such as Domagoj Margetic.
  • Statistics used in the media are not scientifically double-checked.
  • Shows get killed on the Croatian state television. It is forbidden to talk about everything, including about the fact that it is forbidden to talk.
  • Speaking on television shows about politicians mainly means signing the death penalty for the show.
  • The capacity of political interventions in the Croatian media to interfere into lives of the journalists is demonstrated in the case of Domagoj Margetic, who disclosed the political and bank secrets to the public only to become an unwanted figure in the Croatian society, Croatian media, in his own personal circles.  Resultantly, he has decided to undertake hunger strike asking for Protection Under Law for Whistleblowers, which he currently does not enjoy; and to be taken off of Croatian Black List.  All newspapers are directed not to hire him. Margetic is asking for the President of Croatia to admit that there is a Black List and to list all the journalists who are on that Black List.
  • By definition, when it comes to public television, censorship is a corrupt behavior.
  • Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND) has not been able to accomplish reinforcement of the freedom of press and has hence contributed to the decay of the national television.

According to DW magazine, Croatia has cleared to join the EU in July.      The magazine also makes references to Croatia not having met its targets on identifying corruption and organized crime.  DW magazine writes, while highlighted items are by this blog’s author:

Would-be EU entrants have to demonstrate legislative and democratic progress that brings them into line with EU values. Tuesday’s Commission report praised the government in Zagreb for privatizing and restructuring its shipyards, among other measures, while identifying corruption and organized crime as projects where the job was not yet done. The EU executive pointed in particular to the sentencing for those found guilty of corruption.

“Efficient sentences, which serve as a deterrent, are necessary when it comes to cases of corruption, major crimes and organized crime,” the report said, warning that this was the only way to avoid a “climate of impunity.”

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11 04 2013
Sizzle

And of course, a presumption is that there is no corruption in shipyard privatization…. (Ironic)

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