After Croatian Radio Television (HRT) lost another lawsuit against the president of the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) Hrvoje Zovko, who must be reinstated to his work position by the first-instance verdict, the CJA, Croatia's main professional journalist organization, wants to inform the public that they hope after four years of this process, the multiple court harassments of their president and his family, as well as the CJA itself, have ended.
Such court persecutions of journalists are systemic and institutional, because certain members of society, the so-called establishment, named in such way due to their undeserved privileged treatment, resort to such actions, and that can only be called censorship. Nothing changes and the abuse and terror of lawsuits against journalists continues. We expect a reaction from the authorities, and if that does not happen, we will organize a big protest of journalists - it was said at today's press conference of CJA’s leaders at the Journalists' Home.
On February 3, 2022, Zadar County Court rejected the appeal of the Croatian Radio and Television against Hrvoje Zovko, ruling it as unfounded, and upheld the verdict of Zagreb Municipal Civil Court from November 13, 2020, which refers to statements, made by Hrvoje Zovko, president of the CJA on the existence of censorship on HRT, not being disputable or untrue, and that in this particular case the mentioned statements did not grossly harm the honour and reputation of HRT.
Currently, there are at least 951 lawsuits active in Croatia against journalists and the media, from which the prosecutors are demanding the amount of almost € 10.3 million for damages, according to the results of a survey, conducted for the fourth year in a row by the Croatian Journalists' Association.
The Croatian Journalists' Association (CJA) appeals to the President of the Republic, Zoran Milanović, to stop calling out the media and journalists, what he has been doing intensively in recent days via Facebook posts.
To bring down issues of deterioration and suppression of journalism CJA warned about at its protest on Saturday just to Hrvoje Zovko case and to misrepresent the facts of his resignation from editor's position at HRT is not worthy of the role of Prime Minister.
Croatian Journalists' Association (CJA) condemns action of Gordan Maras, SDP Parliament Member, who today booted out from the press conference the Croatian Radio Television (HRT) crew. CJA under no circumstances supports arbitrary decision to shut the door to journalists at work whatever media they might be from.
The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) most seriously condemns heavy verbal attack of Živi Zid Party against Željka Godeč, Jutarnji list journalist. The attack was posted at the Facebook wall of Živi Zid party and it, together with comments, encourages lynching of the journalist because of her work.