Problematic public TV

Croatian journalists who investigate corruption, organised crime or war crimes are often subjected to harassment campaigns. Defamation is criminalised 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 criminalised since 2013. Government meddling in the public TV broadcaster HRT continues to be a real problem, with the effect of limiting media independence. HRT is clearly under political pressure. Interest groups try to influence its editorial policies and interfere in its internal operations. The HRT management is even suing employees who have complained about these problems, and has gone so far as to bring a complaint against the Association of Croatian Journalists. Meanwhile physical attacks, along with threats and cyber-violence, continue to be a major problem for journalists in Croatia.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



69 in 2018

Global score


28.94 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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