20 February 2012

EFJ Calls to Rethink Croatian Newspaper Closure

The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) today called the authorities in Croatia to reconsider their plan to close down the daily newspaper Vjesnik.  

"Closing down Vjesnik would send a very negative signal for journalism in Croatia", said EFJ President Arne König. "It would mean the end of a cultural institution but it would also mean that a hundred journalists would lose their jobs despite their commitment ".

Vjesnik is a daily newspaper in Croatia, working with 80 employed journalist and editors and 30 freelance journalists. The state-owned paper was founded in 1940 by the anti-fascist movement and it survived through Second World War and the Yugoslav War in the 1990´s.  Declining circulation means that it is now on the verge of bankruptcy and the government has proposed its closure.

"Considering its record of journalism in Croatia, Vjesnik should be given another chance for its transition into a private media" said the EFJ affiliate the Croatian Journalists' Association (CJA).

The EFJ suggests that the Croatian Government could establish a crisis management board, which would allow the editorial staff to develop the paper while giving more time to attract private investors.

The EFJ is the European group of the International Federation of Journalists
The EFJ represents over 260,000 journalists in 30 countries
For more information contact the EFJ at +32 2 235.2200

Croatia, Press Release

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