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Alert created on: 19 Sep 2017 n° 104/2017 Croatia

Far-right Militants Threatened Novosti Newspaper During Protest

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
On 2 September 2017, members of the far-right Autochthonous Croatian Party of Right (A-HSP) gathered in front of weekly Novosti’s office in central Zagreb and burned a copy of the magazine, which is published by the Serb National Council in Croatia.

According to the Western Balkans Regional Platform for Advocacy of Media Freedom and Journalists’ Safety, A-HSP accused Novosti journalists of spreading hate against Croatians and called on the Croatian government to stop funding the magazine.

During the incident, Novosti journalists also faced repeated hate speech through social media and threats - including death threats - according to Novosti editor Nikola Bajto, who said in an interview to Novi list newspaper that the A-HSP threatened Novosti journalists that "they will end up like Charlie Hebdo".
11 Jun 2019: On 14 September 2017, the Municipal State’s Attorney Office in Zagreb filed a criminal charge against Mr Dražen Keleminec for the criminal offence of “Public Encouragement of Violence and Hatred”.
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