Analysis 29 Dec 17

Critics Sound Alarm Over State of Croatian Broadcaster

A growing chorus of voices say Croatia’s public broadcaster HRT is succumbing to political pressure and becoming an echo chamber for the government – just as it was in the 1990s.

Sven Milekic
BIRN
Zagreb
HRT's vehicle doing a reportage in the town of Dubrovnik. Photo: Ronan/Flickr

Following numerous sackings, removals and other pressures on journalists, the state of Croatia’s public broadcaster, Croatian Radio-Television, HRT, is causing concern among many reporters and experts.

On Wednesday, the news site Telegram reported that HRT’s veteran journalist and editor, Milorad Sikanjic, faced the sack over comments he had made about Ivan Vrdoljak, head of the junior party in the governing coalition, the Croatian People’s Party, HNS.

Speaking on the radio show of HRT on December 19, Sikanjic referred to Vrdoljak as “politically dead” and “a moral corpse”.

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