The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is concerned following the dismissal of long-time journalist Boris Dezulovic from the daily Slobodna Dalmacija.
Dezulovic was informed that his contract would be terminated soon after the newspaper was ordered to pay a 150 thousand HRK fine (about 19500 EUR) for an article published in 2012.
“It is strange that news regarding the termination of Dezulovic’s contract came after the newspaper was ordered to pay the fine", SEEMO Secretary General Oliver Vujovic said.
SEEMO is also alarmed about threats that were made against Sasa Lekovic, who was elected president of the Croatian Journalists' Association (Hrvatsko novinarsko društvo or HND) in April. Some threats came over social media in recent months. Additionally, a letter that contained a death threat against Lekovic was sent to the HND.
The press freedom work of the South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) is supported by the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom (ECPMF) project, as part of a grant by the European Commission.