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Alert created on: 16 Mar 2016 n° 41/2016 Croatia

Attacks on the Independence of Croatian Public Broadcaster and Broadcast Regulator

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CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
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On 10 March 2016, the Croatian government petitioned Parliament, where the government enjoys a comfortable majority, to reject the 2014 report of the Croatian Agency for the Electronic Media (AEM), an independent regulatory body. The authorities also decided to terminate the Agency's mandate and to dismiss its Director and the entire membership of the Council for Electronic Media (CEM). Under the new law which was proposed by the former government, the AEM formerly funded directly by publishers and broadcasters is now financed through the Ministry of Culture. These developments follow the government’s proposal of 3 March to dismiss the Director General of Croatian Radio-Television (HRT), Goran Radman, and to appoint Siniša Kovačić as acting General Manager. The Law on Public Broadcasting, as amended by the former Croatian government, only requires a simple majority in Parliament to appoint HRT managers, instead of the qualified majority as was the case before.
Along with the former Director General, more than 15 media workers have been removed from their posts at HRT, since the beginning of March 2016. On 14 March 2016, Maja Sever, Mirna Zidaric and Tatjana Munizaba were the last three editors to be replaced.
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13 May 2016
Following his visit to Croatia, the Commissioner for human rights urges the Croatian authorities to ensure that pluralism of the public media service and the independence of the broadcast regulator are preserved and protected.
13 May 2016
The Secretary General writes to the Prime Minister of Croatia
10 Mar 2016
Independence of public broadcaster and broadcast regulator must be respected, says OSCE Representative.
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