Press release

CJA: WE URGE THE PRESIDENT TO STOP CALLING OUT JOURNALISTS

09.10.2020.

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.

Reacting to the public appearances of MP Rada Borić in Jutarnji list and political analyst Žarko Puhovski on RTL, President Milanović, in addition to them, called out the mentioned media. In the latest announcement he attacked our colleague Neven Barković from Index.hr portal for the text " Milanović set a dangerous precedent with the announcement about Puhovski''.

 

CJA will avoid entering the controvresy between the President and other political actors because it is his right to argue with all stakeholders in the political and public sphere, but CJA defends the democratic principle that journalists and editors have the right to choose their own topics and interlocutors.

 

The President, like other government officials, should not impose editorial policies on the media. After all, Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia guarantees journalists freedom of opinion and expression, and the President of the Republic should protect the right to pluralism of opinion and encourage the culture of dialogue and argumentative debate in public space by personal example. With such announcements, the President of the Republic of Croatia is doing exactly what he is calling others for, and turning focus from one of the biggest corruption scandals in Croatia to his speeches.

 

We remind President Milanović that in his inaugural speech he said that the protection and promotion of the independence of the judiciary, media and science are the most important content of the constitutional formulation on the responsibility of the President for the stability of state power.

 

For the CJA Executive Board,

 

Hrvoje Zovko, president of CJA

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.

Reacting to the public appearances of MP Rada Borić in Jutarnji list and political analyst Žarko Puhovski on RTL, President Milanović, in addition to them, called out the mentioned media. In the latest announcement he attacked our colleague Neven Barković from Index.hr portal for the text " Milanović set a dangerous precedent with the announcement about Puhovski''.

 

CJA will avoid entering the controvresy between the President and other political actors because it is his right to argue with all stakeholders in the political and public sphere, but CJA defends the democratic principle that journalists and editors have the right to choose their own topics and interlocutors.

 

The President, like other government officials, should not impose editorial policies on the media. After all, Article 38 of the Constitution of the Republic of Croatia guarantees journalists freedom of opinion and expression, and the President of the Republic should protect the right to pluralism of opinion and encourage the culture of dialogue and argumentative debate in public space by personal example. With such announcements, the President of the Republic of Croatia is doing exactly what he is calling others for, and turning focus from one of the biggest corruption scandals in Croatia to his speeches.

 

We remind President Milanović that in his inaugural speech he said that the protection and promotion of the independence of the judiciary, media and science are the most important content of the constitutional formulation on the responsibility of the President for the stability of state power.

 

For the CJA Executive Board,

 

Hrvoje Zovko, president of CJA

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