Croacia - The president of the Croatia Journalists’ Association dismissed for criticising HRT

On 12.09.2018 Hrvoje Zovko, president of Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA), decided to resign as deputy editor-in-chief of public TV channel HTV4, owned by the public broadcaster HRT. In the letter to his superiors, Zovko gave the reasons for his resignation, citing pressure, censorship and unprofessional choices of topics. In reaction, the management launched an extraordinary dismissal procedure for “verbal delict”, and “insults and inappropriate and unprofessional comments”. Zovko was dismissed without notice despite lack of consent from his union. The case is still in court.

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