Corruption: Taboo issue for Croatian journalists

In mid-November, national broadcaster HTV editor-in-chief Hloverka Novak Srzić suspended Ana Jelinić, editor of the popular TV show Dossier.hr,  after she interviewed a corruption expert who linked Croatian institutions and leading figures to organised crime.

(SETimes.com)

by afew  on Thu Dec 10th, 2009 at 02:52:06 PM EST

Human Rights Day will be observed around the world next week and Croatian journalists are working to demonstrate that their profession, in the words of Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND) head Zdenko Duka, has reached “its lowest levels”.

Zdenko Duka, Željko Peratović, corruption, media

Zdenko Duka and Željko Peratović at the head of the protest march against media censorship

A roundtable discussion will be held on Friday (December 10th) to discuss the future of the industry.

Many journalists say they work under the pressure of censorship, and fear losing their jobs. Duka explains that the uncertain future of print newspapers and the financial crisis add another element, which is strategically used by media bosses to discourage investigative reporting.

The result is that journalists are often suspended or fired for investigating corruption and organised crime, both of which seem to plague Croatian society.

Some, like independent journalist Željko Peratović, say they can’t take the pressure. Peratović has investigated corruption on his blog 45lines, but said he is going to leave Croatia next month and move to Switzerland.

In mid-November, national broadcaster HTV editor-in-chief Hloverka Novak Srzić suspended Ana Jelinić, editor of the popular TV show Dossier.hr,  after she interviewed a corruption expert who linked Croatian institutions and leading figures to organised crime.

The show was removed from HTV’s portal, but not before someone transferred it to YouTube..

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