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Journalist Gordan Duhaček Fined for ‘Anti-Police’ Twitter Message

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CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
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Gordan Duhaček, a reporter for Index.hr, was arrested by Zagreb police at the airport when he was about to take an official flight on Monday 16 September 2019. Duhaček was eventually released and found guilty of insulting the police in two posts on his Twitter feed and was charged with a symbolic fine of 100 euros for one of the posts. The journalist denounces that he was sprayed with tear gas on the floor and that he was told in a police car that this was happening to him because he was resisting the system. Duhaček wrote on Twitter in 2018: "Not everyone will resist the system. ACAB!" (All Cops Are Bastards), in which he commented on an incident of excessive police violence at a Zadar night club. The second tweet was a satirical cover of the patriotic song "Vilo Velebit", in which he used the word 'shit' several times, in reference to news reports that Plitvice Lakes, one of the country's main tourist attractions and best known natural parks, regularly discharges local sewage into a nearby lake. The verdict of this last post will be delivered on Thursday. Duhaček has been prosecuted on the basis of an article of the Law on Offences against Public Order and Peace, a fact that represents a threat for the freedom of expression the country.
Follow-ups
18 Sep 2019
OSCE Media Freedom Representative raises serious concern about lawsuits and brief detention of journalist in Croatia.
18 Sep 2019
The arrest and fine of Croatian journalist Gordan Duhacek for his posts on Twitter amount to pure intimidation of the press, says CoE Commissioner.
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