Croatian Journalists Association Wants Accountability for Matijanić’s Death

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We have covered this scandal, rattling Croatian society this summer, because of how publicly the details of Matijanić’s passing were discussed and how many perceived his death as avoidable. There was a brief investigation by a commission formed by the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš. That commission predictably found that nobody in the healthcare system in Croatia did anything wrong.

Now, the Croatian Journalists Association is calling for another look, by an independent group of experts. The people in the previous commission are reported to be in direct conflict of interest, which makes their findings less legitimate. The Association is asking the Prime Minister to make sure a thorough investigation gets done, including interviewing witnesses. They additionally request that Vili Beroš, the health minister gets removed from the position, because of his embarrassing, scandalous and unacceptable behaviour throughout this situation, but also because of the results of his commission which previously investigated the death of their colleague.

If you want, you can sign the petition here.

There are two things to note here, however: it is extremely bizarre that the association of the nation’s journalists, the people whose job and calling it is to ask the questions directly to the people in power, acting in the best interest of the public, feels like the best (only?) way to pressure a Prime Minister is to start a petition. One of the explanations for that decision could be that they wanted to garner international attention to the Croatia’s mistreatment of Matijanić and a failed investigation of his death, in which case it’s even more bizarre that there isn’t an English translation of the text of the petition, so the international readers (such as yourself) don’t really know what exactly they’d be signing!


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