The HPD recalled Plenković’s statement that “RTL hired Lalić to vilify (HDZ candidate for Zagreb mayor Davor) Filipović in the worst way possible” and his remark that “those are not unbiased media” but “hirelings paid to demonise a political camp.”
“Such an unsubstantiated verbal attack by the Prime Minister against our member and prominent Croatian researcher was not only an ad hominem attack – which as such makes his criticism invalid – but also an attack on the right to express one’s opinion and on intellectual freedom. With his inappropriate act, Andrej Plenković has threatened the freedom to express one’s professional views and additionally weakened the already weak position of the media,” the association said.
It also notes that, considering the disproportion of powers, this type of attack by the PM on a member of the academic community and public intellectual has the potential to instil fear and insecurity in members of the academic community and media alike.
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