NEWS published on 01 Mar 2019

EBU hopes for swift resolution of HRT dispute

The EBU hopes to see a swift resolution to the dispute between its Croatian Member HRT and the Croatian Journalist Union HND.

Strong public service media is essential to healthy democracies and anything that deprives audiences of access to it is damaging to all of society

We are concerned by the boycott of HRT by different civil and political organizations which saw HRT excluded from a press event this week.

We believe that public service broadcasters need to be allowed to carry out their responsibilities freely and without restrictions so that viewers and listeners have ready access to important news and information.

We welcome public statements by HRT’s DG Kazimir Bačić in favour of a resolution of the current conflict. We also welcome HRT's reiterated commitment to freedom of expression and to the maintenance of independence in its coverage.

We hope that the outstanding issues between HRT and HND can be resolved in the days ahead and will be offering our support in the development of an open and constructive dialogue between all the parties involved.

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Radka Betcheva
Head of Member Relations Central and Eastern Europe

+41 22 717 2006