Hasanbegovic dismisses claims about campaign against media

Commenting on a statement by Jelena Berkovic, the CEO of the GONG nongovernmental organisation, that the government's latest moves constituted "a landing operation on the media scene", Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said they there was no "landing operation on the media scene, this is the assault on Drvar," an ironic allusion to the World War II operation by German forces and their allies on the Yugoslav Partisans' supreme headquarters in the Bosnian town of Drvar, aimed at capturing or killing Marshal Josip Broz Tito.

After attending a news conference at Zagreb's "Mimara" museum, where the opening of the Apoxyomenos Museum in Mali Losinj was announced, Hasanbegovic briefly answered several questions from reporters regarding other topics, including one on the Electronic Media Council. The government yesterday gave a negative opinion of a report on the work of that Council and the Electronic Media Agency in 2014, proposing that parliament replace all Council members over gross failures in fulfilling their legal obligations.

"The Council had the opportunity to state its position in its report. This is not a landing operation on the media scene, this is the assault on Drvar," he said when asked why he had not allowed the Electronic Media Council to state its position on his assessment of the report.

Asked by reporters "if Hina was next in the line", Hasanbegovic said that the report on Hina's work needed to be analysed, repeating "Really, this is not about any assaults."

He underlined that the government had done its job and assessed the work of the Electronic Media Council, giving the parliament its proposal for the replacement of all Council members accordingly. The parliament is the only relevant place to make a final decision, he said.

Reporters also wanted to know how his ministry would contribute to austerity measures and what costs it would cut, and Hasanbegovic said that all ministries should implement cost-cutting measures and spend budget funds rationally.

Last update: Fri, 11/03/2016 - 17:56

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