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CJA calls for urgent and fierce reaction against series of brutal attacks on Jagoda Bastalić

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ZAGREB, 20.01.2017. – Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) calls upon relevant institutions to react urgently and fiercely against brutal media attacks on our colleague Jagoda Bastalić, editor and host of HRT „Labirint“ show. We expect HRT Management to protect its employee publicly.

Several web portals, known for their dissemination of hate, published the letter written by a „Dubravko Jošić, captain of the Croatian Army Forces“. The letter was full of slanders and defamations against Jagoda Bastalić and it was sent by e-mail to many addresses at HRT and elsewhere. It consisted of monstrous lies with one clear goal – to discredit Jagoda Bastalić as a person and journalist.

Not single information about her in that letter is accurate. Namely, Jagoda Bastalić’s father was not former commander of the Yugoslav Army Forces, she has no brother and has never lived at Okučani, let alone has she worked for so called Radio Okučani Srpska Krajina during Serb occupation of that part of Croatia.

By that series of notorious lies about her life and family Jagoda Bastalić’s life and life of her family has been put at risk. She reported the author of letter and text messages she received after the letter was published to the police and she decided to take the incidents to court.

But due to damage done to reputation, professionalism and credibility not just of Jagoda Bastalić but even of HRT, blamed for „employing such a person“, we expect HRT Management to respond.

We call upon the Croatian Army Forces as well as veteran associations to react. It is not the first time for those who insult, threaten and agitate against journalist to pose as veterans and boast with their alleged military ranks.

We want to remind the public of numerous threats and attacks against journalists as well as of agitations, mostly indirect, but still clear call for lynching.

If relevant institutions, leading Croatian officials and parties should not react promptly to published defamations against our colleague Jagoda Bastalić and other journalists, we will find them responsible for any potential consequences.

 

Sanja Mikleušević Pavić, CJA Branch at HRT president

Saša Leković, CJA president

Protest zbog kršenja prava na pristup događaju ekipi N1 TV

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Sarajevo, 19.01.2017.-Upravni odbor Udruženja/udruge BH novinari i Linija za pomoć novinarima javno zahtijevaju od Milorada Dodika, predsjednika Republike Srpske, i službenika u njegovom Kabinetu da osiguraju nesmetan i dostojanstven rad novinarima, te omoguće svim medijima praćenje aktivnosti predsjednika RS na jednak, pošten i profesionalan način.

Praksa diskriminacije pojedinih medija, zabrana ulaska u Palatu Republike Srpske i višegodišnje uskraćivanje akreditacije novinarima predstavljaju nedozvoljeno ograničavanje slobode izražavanja, kao i kršenje prava na slobodan i nesmetan pristup javnim događajima i informacijama od značaja za javnost.

UO BH novinara smatra primitivnim i nedomokratskim onemogućavanje ekipi N1 TV praćenje jučerašnje press konferencije Milorada Dodika u Banja Luci, uz usmeno obrazloženje kako „nisu akreditovani za ulazak u Palatu RS“. Također, N1 televizija skinuta je sa mailing liste Kabineta predsjednika RS, pa su uskraćeni za sve pozive, obavještenja i saopćenja u vezi sa radom Milorada Dodika. Ovakvo ponašanje predsjednika RS i njegovih saradnika eklatantan je primjer političke odmazde i nedopustive diskriminacije medija, čiji su novinari kritički izvještavali o aktivnostima i odlukama predsjednika RS.

Posebno je zabrinjavajuća činjenica da N1 TV nije jedni medij čiji novinari ne mogu pratiti događaje u Palati RS. Ljiljana Kovačević, dopisnica novinske agencije Beta, još od 2009. ne može pratiti događaje čiji je akter Milorad Dodik, a BN televiziji iz Bijeljine je to pravo uskraćeno krajem 2014. Navedene zabrane i diskriminacija usmjereni su uglavnom prema medijima koji bespoštedno i kritički izvještavaju o radu Milorada Dodika kao javne ličnosti i jednog od glavnih aktera na političkoj sceni BiH. Zbog toga pravni tim Linije za pomoć novinarima razmatra mogućnosti podizanja tužbe protiv predsjednika RS radi ciljane i dugotrajne diskriminacije određenih medija, kao i kršenja prava na slobodu izražavanja i slobodan pristup javnim događajima.

Upravni odbor Udruženja /udruge BH novinari

Investigative journalist Martinovic released while pending trial

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PODGORICA, 04.01.2017. – On January 4th investigative reporter Jovo Martinovic has been released from over a year of detention ahead of his appearance in court on January 19 to answer drugs-smuggling charges while pending trial.

He was indicted for aiding and belonging to a drugs-trafficking gang in April 2016 and is due to appear in court on January 19.

The EFJ and IFJ in cooperation with its member in Montenegro, the Trade Union Media of Montenegro (SMCG) had urged in a letter to former Prime Minister Milo Djukanovic in September to consider his journalistic work as a justifiable explanation for his alleged contacts with drug traffickers.

The letter also reminded the Montenegrin government that it is required to respond to the alert about the Martinović case that has been registered on the Council of Europe’s platform for the protection of journalism back on 13 April. The Montenegrin government did respond on 1st December in a letter.

Presenting his defence to the court in December, Martinovic pleaded not guilty, saying his contacts with the other suspects in the case were purely linked to his work as a journalist.

Condemnation of the verbal violence of the authorities against journalists

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SKOPJE, 16.01.2017 Association of Journalists of Macedonia condemns coordinated surge of verbal abuse of the authorities against journalists, which are directed against freedom of the media and the public’s right to be informed.

Such attacks are intended to intimidate and silence journalists and stifle criticism in the media. Thus the government wants to prevent the public to be informed of important developments in the country.

Accusations of VMRO-DPMNE against Fondation Open Society Macedonia for allegedly corrupting the journalists is a pure spin of the government, which does not have the courage to face their own responsibility for massive abuse of media for political purposes.

The statements of the director of the Archives of Macedonia, Filip Petrovski the “clean” the “media of Soros”, is an excellent example of calling a public lynching against opponents of the government. Also reminding in the context of controversial figures from history, who were perpetrators of attacks is an act of incitement to violence against journalists. Such practices have nothing to do with the values of free and democratic countries but are relics of totalitarian regimes which have caused great suffering to mankind.

We also condemn insults of the mayor of Berovo against the journalist Daniela Takeo and evaluate them as inappropriate under any level of good upbringing of a mayor. This incident shows that the government is expanding the pressure on journalists working in critical local media.

We urge government officials to stop the insults and calls for violence against journalists and to remind them that because of this they will be responsible for the possible consequences. If there are examples of inappropriate behavior we call to require media correction or retraction, and in case they are ignored to turn to professional organizations responsible for self-regulation in the media.

We also urge all journalists to check their information from various sources and do not use the media for dealing with its opponents.

AJM

January 16, 2017, Skopje

„Presuda NIN-u može da utiče negativno na slobodu medija“

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BRISEL, 10.01.2017. – Komesar za ljudska prava Saveta Evrope Nils Muižnieks izjavio je da je zabrinut da bi na slobodu medija u Srbiji mogla negativno da utiče presuda Višeg suda kojom je nedeljnik NIN osuđen zbog teksta o događajima u Savamali, u sporu koji je pokrenuo Nebojša Stefanović.

„Ne treba imati previše zaštitnički odnos prema reputaciji ili izricati pravne lekove ili sankcije koje mogu imati negativni uticaj na slobodu izražavanja i javnu debatu“, navodi komesar i dodaje da kazna za klevetu mora biti srazmerna povredi reputacije.

Praksa srpskog pravosuđa kada je reč o kleveti, zaključuje Muižnieks, mora da bude usklađena sa praksom Evropskog suda, dok političari, sa svoje strane, treba da budu otvoreni za nesputanu kritiku i treba da spreče one akcije koje mogu da suzbiju slobodu izražavanja, posebno kod novinara.

Podsetimo, Viši sud u Beogradu je, nakon samo jednog ročišta, po tužbi ministra policije osudio nedeljnik NIN sa 300.000 dinara zbog teksta „Nebojša Stefanović, glavni fantom iz Savamale“, uz obrazloženje da su tekstom povređeni ugled i čast Stefanovića.

Ovakvu presudu je medijska zajednica jednoglasno osudila, a NIN je najavio da će se žaliti, i da će, ako treba, ići do Suda u Strazburu.

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights

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BRUSSELS, 10.01.2017. – I am concerned by the possible negative impact on media freedom of the decision of the High Court in Belgrade to fine, in defamation proceedings, the political weekly NIN for damaging the reputation of the Minister of Interior of Serbia, following the publication in June 2016 of an article on the demolitions of Belgrade’s Savamala district.

The concept of defamation should be interpreted in relation to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights and should not be overly protective of reputational interests or provide far-reaching remedies or sanctions that can have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and public debate.

According to well-established case-law of the European Court, the limits of acceptable criticism are “wider as regards a politician as such than as a private individual”. Unlike the latter, the former “inevitably and knowingly lays himself open to close scrutiny of their every word and deed and they must consequently display a greater degree of tolerance”. In addition, the European Court has held that “an award of damages for defamation must bear a reasonable relationship of proportionality to the injury to reputation suffered”.

The Serbian judiciary needs to ensure that its jurisprudence concerning defamation is in line with the European Court’s case-law, while politicians, on their part, should be open to uninhibited public criticism and should prevent actions that can have a chilling effect on freedom of expression, especially for journalists.

Prijetnje konačno sankcionirane: Muškarac koji je prijetio novinarki Nove TV osuđen na 10 mjeseci zatvora

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ZAGREB, 09.01.2017. – Tito Gubić nepravomoćno je osuđen na 10 mjeseci zatvora zbog prijetnji reporterki Provjerenog Emi Branici, prenosi Dnevnik.hr.

Tito Gubić je nepravomoćno osuđen zato što je 28. rujna oko 13:30 sati tijekom snimanja prijetio reporterki Emi Branici poručivši joj da će “završiti kao (Ivo) Pukanić”, pokojni vlasnik tjednika Nacional. Pukanić je ubijen u listopadu 2008. godine u podmetnutoj eksploziji, javlja Dnevnik.hr.

Prijetnje Branici osudilo je Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo, pozivajući institucije da u takvim slučajevima hitno reagiraju po službenoj dužnosti.

Podsjetimo, novinarka Branica je u Provjerenom razotkrila Gubića da je, predstavljajući se kao žena, s psihički nestabilnim starcem potpisao ugovor o doživotnom uzdržavanju, a potom i o životnom partnerstvu i to svega sat vremena prije nego što je starac završio u bolnici u komi. Nedugo potom starac je umro, a Tito je postao vlasnikom trokatnice u zagrebačkoj Dubravi, piše Dnevnik.hr.

Due to threats to Nova TV journalist Tito Grubić sentenced to 10 months in prison

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ZAGREB, 09.01.2017. – Tito Gubić has been sentenced to 10 months in prison (sentence not final) because of threatening the ‘Provjereno’ reporter Ema Branica.

During shooting TV report on September 28 last year Tito Gubić threatened the reporter MS Ema Branica saying: „You will end like Ivo Pukanić“, late owner of Nacional weekly. Pukanić was murdered in car explosion in October 2008.

The Croatian Journalists’ Association (CJA) condemned the threats too and called the relevant institutions to react quickly and in course of their official duties.

Ema Branica exposed Tito who, impersonating a female, had signed a contract with psychologically unstable old man about life support and about life partnership just one hour before old man was taken to hospital in state of coma. He died soon after that and Tito became the owner of three floors building in Zagreb, Dubrava.

“Journalist’s for journalist’s” – KTV program on AJK report findings

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PRISTINA, 07.01.2017 – “Journalist’s for journalist’s” is Kohavision production which reflects on media problems in Kosovo. Association of Journalists of Kosovo and many journalists discussed about their problems and emergencies.

Click the link and watch 22 minute video: http://bit.ly/2jkZ7nE