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Free media face repression from new Croatian leaders – POLITICO

“We find ourselves in a situation where our colleagues are considered enemies of the state,” said Hrvoje Zovko, president of the Association of Croatian Journalists.

At a press conference on Tuesday, the association noted an increase in “vile threats” against journalists, including death threats and threats of assault, which are being investigated by police.

“The behavior of the Homeland Movement should worry Mr. Plenković, since they are now his coalition partners,” Zovko said.

Novosti, a weekly known for its investigative journalism and coverage of the far-right, is a thorn in the side of the Homeland Movement. The newspaper operates thanks to a unique financing system. Officially, it is the newspaper of Croatia’s Serb minority and is not subject to any commercial interest or advertising pressure. Instead, it is financed from the Croatian state budget.

This has made Novosti even more despised by nationalists, who are unhappy that these journalists are ostensibly paid from the Croatian budget to criticize the country. The nationalists demanded that Novosti’s funding be cut and that the newspaper be “subjected to the free market” as part of coalition negotiations.

The attacks on journalists were condemned by the European Federation of Journalists, which said if the Homeland Movement’s demands were accepted it would constitute a “serious violation of the rule of law and the Constitution”, the president said. of the EFJ, Maja Sever.

Plenković, who rose to prominence as an MEP in Brussels before becoming prime minister in 2016, has largely kept Croatia away from the influence of illiberal neighbors like Hungary and Serbia.

A rollback of media freedom under her leadership could spell trouble for Plenković, whose name appears to be in the ring for a top job in Brussels at the heart of the EU legislative process – even as successor to the current president of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen.


Sara Adm

Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe.Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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