Addressing a news conference the HND leader Hrvoje Zovko said that journalists were “fed up with local power-mongers who tailor local media coverage” and compared the case of TV Šibenik with the recent developments in the Pula-based Glas Istre newspaper in which some reporters were fired.
Zovko strongly condemned the move of the TV Šibenik owner Stipe Grcić to bar one of the dismissed reporters — Lucija Cvitan — from entering the broadcaster’s premises, and pointed out a label put on the door of the editorial room reading that Cvitan is “a persona non grata”.
Zovko and Cvitan told today’s news conference that this label was particularly disparaging and the European Federation of Journalists would be informed of this action of the media outlet’s owner, if he failed to remove it immediately.
The HND chief said that the actions of Grcić and the TV Šibenik were scandalous, particularly having in mind the fact that the media outlet was partly funded from the state budget.
Zovko added that they had sent a request to Grcić last night to give his comment on the case but he had not sent any response until the start of the news conference.
Cvitan said that before being sacked she had not received any notice. I sent an e-mail asking or amending my employment contract for June. The reply sent after that was that I was no longer an employee of the TV Šibenik, she said adding that after that the disparaging label appeared on the editorial room.
“I want the stain to be removed from my name. I have have worked conscientiously,” said Cvitan.
The other sacked reporter, Ivana Bulat, was fired during her sick leave.
The SNH leader Maja Sever said that the key to such problems appearing in local media outlets would be the conclusion of collective agreements regulating all the rights and entitlements of journalists.
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