When politics are in question, nothing is a coincidence
The way they perform their duty of informing the public, media certainly influence opinions and decisions of those who receive the information. Hence, media in a democratic society are expected to understand the context and respect the sensitivity of the moment, especially when choosing and awarding prestigious recognition to individuals or groups in the society. Unfortunately, our expectations are one thing and reality something else. Recently the Privredni Vjesnik (publication of Croatian Chamber of Economy) declared Sandra Švaljek the economic analyst of the year. As a woman, I could be glad with her success as she came out ahead of strong male competition: Velimir Šonja, Damir Novotny, Željko Lovrinčević and Gusto Santini. But, instead of joy, there are many questions and astonishments. Mrs Švaljek herself was surprised to even be included in such compettion for this award. She pointed out the fact she shouldn’t take part as she is running for mayor of Zagreb. Privredni Vjesnik found nothing problematic about that. It is, as they explained, in line with their rules.
“Privredni Vjesnik is the voice of all Croatian entrepreneurs, of all of us who pay membership to the Croatian Chamber of Economy, although, to be honest, we no longer know why.”
So, for over 60 years Privredni Vjesnik has existed grace to domestic companies. No demands they explain what they do with our money, but we rightly expect them to write and act in the interest of the economy and deal with topics related to business. Unfortunately, such decisions place them in the sphere of politics, choosing ranks and favouring, where they shouldn’t be at all.
Sandra Švaljek is now a politician. She is running for the mayor position in the city which is home to a quarter of all Croatian citizens, where over a third of all companies in Croatia are registered, all forced by law to pay a membership to the Croatian Chamber of Economy.
Mrs Švaljek officially presented her candidacy at the end of October last year and since then, which is understandable, uses every opportunity for her promotion, while her every written and spoken word is in the function of the campaign.
Logically, she finds the analyst of the year award a good boost for her campaign, while it is incredible that the boost came from Privredni Vjesnik.
Coincidence? Unfortunately, when politics are in question, nothing is a coincidence. This award is not coincidental and there will be more of them. We are left with nothing else but to monitor, point out and question, even those we thought were harmless and with no hidden agenda.
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