Croatia

Croatia

Government interference in public broadcasting

Journalists investigating corruption, organized crime, or war crimes are often subjected to harassment campaigns. Defamation is criminalized and insulting “the Republic, its emblem, its national hymn or flag” is punishable by up to three years in prison. Worse still, “humiliating” media content has been criminalized since 2013. Government interference in the Croatian public broadcasting company HRT challenges media freedom and media independence in the country. Croatia’s Parliament fired HRT’s director-general in March 2016 and appointed an acting director who proceeded to demote or reassign approximately 70 journalists and editors as part of what critics have called an ideologically driven “purge.”

74
in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-11

63 in 2016

Global score

+1.68

27.91 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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