13 Nov 2019 Lvl. 2
Alert created on: 21 Dec 2018 n° 144/2018 Croatia
Journalist Ivan Žada Subjected to Threats
During October 2018, Croatian journalist Ivan Žada has been the target of threats on two occasions by Ivan Đakić, son of Josip Đakić, a Member of Parliament from Croatia's ruling conservative HDZ party, allegedly because of the journalist's writings about the MP. The threat was first made verbally in public in a café bar in the town of Virovitica, where Ivan Đakić declared that he planned to hire a hitman to physically assault Žada. The second threat was made on Đakić's Facebook wall. In several posts, Ivan Đakić accused the journalist of "writting nonsense, filthy and stupid things" about his father and that he was ready “to stay in prison for life if needed” for him. He also warned the journalist “to think it over“. Ivan Žada reported the threats and the County State Attorney started an investigation.
13 Nov 2019
On 6 November 2019, the Virovitica Municipal Court sentenced Ivan Zhada to a four-month suspended prison sentence with one year of probation for recording a telephone conversation with MP Josip Đakić and posting some of the conversation as a transcript on Facebook and on the Index.hr website.
14 Jan 2019
Response from the Croatian authorities