2/22/2005 03:26:00 PM|W|P|Zeljko Peratovic|W|P|

Pressefreiheit in Kroatien

Zeljko Peratovic im Gespräch mit Rubina Möhring, Präsidentin von Reporter ohne Grenzen Österreich Welchen Stellenwert hat Pressefreiheit in Ihrem Land? Es zeigte sich, dass die kritisch hinterfragenden Medien einen grösseren Beitrag an die demokratischen Entwicklung der kroatischen Gesellschaft leisteten als die verschiedenen politischen Parteien insgesamt. Dies wird in der letzten Zeit besonders beim Abtreten korumpierter Politiker offensichtlich; die sich ihrerseits nicht auf Druck anderer politischer Opponenten, sondern nur dank dem hartnäckigem Bestreben verschiedener Journalisten mit grosser moralischen Autorität zurückziehen. Gibt es Medienkartelle, die die Meinungvielfalt einschänken? Zu nennen wäre Europa Press Holding, dessen Teilhaber die deutsche WAZ ist, und die österreichische Styria, die den Vecernji list besitzt. Styria wird demnächst täglich in Kroatien ein Tabloid veröffentlichen (24 Stunden), die EPH, welche schon zwei Tageszeitungen (Jutarnji list und Dnevnik) besitzt, wird wahrscheinlich der Käufer des Regionalblattes Slobodna Dalmacija sein. Beeinflussen industrielle Unternehmen die Medien? Ja, sie beeinflussen die Medien. Dennoch, obwohl man über sehr viele interessante Themen bezüglich der Geschäftsgebarren der T – kroatischen Telekom (dessen Hauptaktionär die Deutsche Telekom ist) rechechieren könnte, wird in den kroatischen Medien kritisch sehr wenig über dieses Unternehmen berichtet. Eines der Gründe könnte auch sein, dass T – HT medienmässig der grösste Werbekunde ist, dessen Re-branding letztes Jahr angeblich 3 Millionen Euro gekostet hatte. Welchen Einfluss nimmt die Politik auf die Medien? Dieser Einfluss wird seit dem Tod des ersten kroatischen Präsidenten Herr Franjo Tudjman im Jahre 1999 immer geringer und wird zusehends von den Eigentümern der Medien- und Marketingkartelle übernommen. Der politische Einfluss ist nur noch in den Medien, die noch immer im Staatseigentum (das kroatische Fernseher, Slobodna Dalmacija, Vjesnik) geblieben sind, spürbar.
Gibt es Repressalien gegenüber Journalisten?
Die Gerichte haben verschiedene Journalisten auf Verleumdung verurteilt, zugunsten von ehemaligen Staatsbeamten aus der Tudjman-Ärea, die gegen diese Journalisten geklagt haben. Es handelt sich hierbei um hohe Geldstrafen gegen die Verleger, aber auch bedingte Gefängnisstrafen. Die Geheimdienste ihrerseits üben weiterhin Druck auf Journalisten aus. Die Journalistin Helena Puljiz, welche von den Agenten der POA 5 Stunden verhört und schikaniert wurde, bekam Genugtuung in der Weise, dass Präsident Mesic und Premier Sanader die Kündigung des Chefs der POA Josko Podbevsek unterzeichnet hatten. Aber, weder der Premier noch der Präsident fanden es nötig, die 6 Journalisten (Ivan Zvonimir Cicak, Davor Butkovic, Ivica Djikic, Boris Pavelic und Zeljko Peratovic, plus Marijo Kavain und Ivanka Toma) zu beschützen, die von der POA als Agenten der britischen MI6 beschuldigt wurden. Website Peratovic
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Zeljko Peratovic and Ivica Djikic Opened letter to public

After appearance in weekly papers «Globus» from 4th February 2005. the article about, so called, presentation of former chief of Counterintelligence agency, Franjo Turek, after down signed journalists, on Monday 7th February, have sent to authorized state bodies, to investigate the facts by which Turek substantiated his thesis about several domestic journalists harnessed in the huge anticroatian conspiracy, in Croatia – at the beginning of parliamentary investigation – was started extremely disturbing actions of approval of POA (counterintelligence agency) procedures. We don' t doubt that there will be more attempts to advocate the pursuit of journalists and to justify ripping in the privacy of journalists. From the circles of «unnamed political officials», and the journalists who advocate unscrupulous dealings with their colleagues and non-likeminded persons, the public is attempted to convict that marked journalists are indeed foreign intelligence and national betrayers. The action has just started , and next days – by the threats that are coming from the journalist group, who took the task to protect secret police from the colleagues – it is to expect and «evidences» about our national betrayal. Since our experience teach us that labeles like that in Croatia can be unpleasant and dangerous for our security, we inform our public and state institutions that we will about this dangerous tendency inform foreign bodies: all international journalist assoiations and organizations for protection of human rights. Also, from parliamentary investigation team and colleagues journalists, we ask to down signed journalists don' t treat as some group, because we are not – except in Franjo Turek' s imagination – members of any mutual group. Each of us has his name and surname and the biography, so we please to treat us that way: we hope, namely, that group lynching of people, which was in this country years-long praxis, today began to serve as a warning, and not as a model. Journalists: Ivanka Toma – Jutarnji list Marijo Kavain – Jutarnji list Gordan Malic – Globus Ivica Djikic – Feral Tribune Zeljko Peratovic – Vjesnik In Zagreb, 14 February 2005.

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Overhearing: The affair about tracking five Cratian journalists provokes the attention and stormy reactions even in Committee for journalists protection in New York

Alex Lupis: The affair could slow down the enter of Croatia into EU Author: Jadranka Juresko-Kero

We are familiar with the newest events about POA (counterintelligence agency) and overhearing of journalists in Croatia. We got the informations that during 2003. and 2004. five journalists were tracked and accused for collaboration with foreign secret services. After the case of journalist Helena Puljiz, and this new affair, we conclude that some members of political elite still preserve old comunist look on independent journalism, and with their behaviour they confirm that independent journalists are threath, with these words Alexandar Lupis, the counselor for Europe in Committee for journalists protection in New York, has confirmed for Vecernji list that in their American headquarters came official report about problems that Croatian journalists facing with. Not wanting to uncover with who of this five journalists are in conntact, because they want «to protect» that person from another discomfort, Lupis said that New York Committee for journalists protection expres sorrow because Croatian government still didn' t manage to implant democratic standards of behaviour of intelligence service. Lupis claimed that behaviour like that could have negative affect on process of integration of Croatia in EU.When he was asked to evaluate the grade of journalist freedom in Croatia, Lupis said that his Office thought that the political need of Croatian intelligence services to control independent journalists was a serious problem. Lupis emphasized that the newest affair, like the one with Helena Puljiz, sign that some politicians in Croatia think that journalists and medias should serve only to the state and the ruling party, and not to the readers. About the affair of new overhearing connected with former chief of POA, Franjo Turek, President Stjepan Mesic, said that he saw computor presentation, but there were no names of journalists given in Globus. But, the change of Turek itself is a proof that security system didn' t work as it should have, said Mesic.

... CROATIA: Journalists demand inquiry into alleged abuses by security agency

New York, February 10, 2005

Five independent Croatian journalists filed a petition on Monday requesting that the government investigate allegations that the Counter-Intelligence Agency (POA) tried to discredit them after they reported on sensitive war crimes issues, according to local and international press reports. The journalists called for an inquiry after the February 4 edition of the independent Zagreb weekly magazine Globus published a POA document titled "Information on intelligence-media manipulation," which accused the journalists of working for foreign security services in order to discredit the government and impede integration with the European Union.According to a March 2004 presentation that POA Director Franjo Turek gave to senior government officials, the agency had conducted surveillance against the journalists in 2003 and 2004 and accused them of espionage after they reported on the government's failure to arrest war criminals indicted by the Hague-based International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. The five journalists are: Gordan Malic of Globus; Ivica Djikic of the independent Split weekly magazine Feral Tribune; Marijo Kavain and Ivanka Toma of the independent Zagreb daily Jutarnji Listi; and Zeljko Peratovic of the Zagreb state daily Vjesnik. The journalists have filed the petition with the Parliament, attorney general, and Council for the Civilian Supervision of Security Services. The council held an initial hearing on the matter yesterday.During the 1990s, the nationalist HDZ government relied on security services to persecute independent journalists. Reformist governments since 2000 have made limited progress in changing the politicized agencies. In October 2004, POA agents threatened and attempted to blackmail independent journalist Helena Puljiz into becoming a POA informant.

... Croatia: Journalist wiretapped again

The special working group of the Parliamentary Committee for Internal Affairs and National Security is opening an investigation today over Croatian Counter Intelligence service (CIS). The principal cause for the investigation is the recent public address of five journalists who were the subject of secret treatment of the CIS during 2003 and 2004, under the allegation that they have deliberately published wrong information about Hague fugitive general Gotovina in order to obstruct Croatia to enter the European Union. (11-FEB-05) The special parliamentary working group was formed after five Croatian journalists – Gordan Malic, Zeljko Peratovic, Ivanka Toma, Mario Kavain i Ivica Djikic – have sent an official request to the Croatian Journalist Association, Civic Committee for the Oversight of the Secret Services, Parliamentary Committees for National Security and Human Rights to examine the allegations from the text published in newsweek magazine „Globus“, in which the author Gordan Malic claimes that the CIS was conducting a secret operation against the above mentioned journalists, accusing them of „media-intelligence operation against Croatia“. Namely, mentioned news article brings a document called „Information about media-intelligence manipulation aiming to discredit Croatia“ which was presented in March 2004 to the President Mesic, Prime Minister Sanader, Minister of the Judiciary Skare-Ozbolt and Minister of the Internal Affairs Mlinaric by Franjo Turek, former director of the CIS. In short, the document of the CIS accuses the journalists for planed and coordinated misinforming, which prevented respective bodies from arresting general Gotovina. -In my opinion the reason why the authorities in charge didn´t react upon the receival of the report from the CIS is because they were only concerned with how the report is going to look like to Carla del Ponte. – said Zarko Puhovski, the Chairman of the Croatian Helsinki Committee. According to the CIS, except from journalists, several higher state officials also participated in the „media – intelligence operation against Croatia“. Judging by the documents published in the media, the CIS permanently wiretaped Ranko Ostojic, the former Head of the Croatian police in charge of arresting general Gotovina and former spokesperson of the Ministry of the Interior Zinka Bardic. The Civic Committee for Oversight of the Secret Services and the Parliamentary Committee for Internal Affairs and National Security will decide in the coming days whether the secret listening to the above mentioned Croatian citizens was illegal or not. However, the latest affairs related to the work of the CIS, including the „Puljiz affair“, raised some serious questions about the overall situation of the Secret Services and the way they function in Croatia.

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Five reporters urge investigation into reports that they were under surveillance by POA
ZAGREB, Feb 7 (Hina) - Five Croatian journalists on Monday sent a letter to the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND), parliamentary committees on national security and human rights, and the Council for the Civilian Supervision of Intelligence Services, urging an investigation into an article from the Globus weekly saying that the Counterintelligence Agency (POA), led by its former chief Franjo Turek, had tapped their phones in 2003 and 2004 because they were suspected of participating in a media-intelligence campaign against Croatia.#L# Reporters Gordan Malic of the Globus weekly, Zeljko Peratovic of the Vjesnik daily, Mario Kavain of the Jutarnji List daily and Ivica Djikic of the Feral Tribune weekly said their request referred to the article of February 4 headlined "Turek's Presentation", which contained POA documents which they said constituted a grave libel on their work. The reporters said that a POA document, published in the article under the title "Information on intelligence-media manipulation aimed at discrediting Croatia", covered their articles on investigations by the Hague war crimes tribunal, the functioning of security services etc., describing their work as "a premeditated, organised and coordinated campaign to disseminate misinformation jeopardising national security". The reporters warned that the document bore proof that some of them, including journalist and "Jutarnji List" editor Davor Butkovic, were placed under temporary surveillance by the POA in 2003 and 2004 and that Peratovic and Boris Pavelic of the Novi List daily were also believed to have been under surveillance. "We have therefore concluded that during the term of its former chief Franjo Turek, the POA acted unlawfully against a number of Croatian journalists to construe the monstrous 'Information on intelligence-media manipulation aimed at discrediting Croatia' and depict our articles as dangerous for national security," reads the joint request of the five journalists. "Notwithstanding the dark past of our secret services, this kind of campaign against journalists is unprecedented," reads the request. The journalists urged the HND, the parliamentary committees and the Council for the Civilian Supervision of Intelligence Services to respond to the latest article considering that senior government officials have denied the existence of such a presentation or that the POA acted unlawfully in this case. They also urged the HND to inform domestic and foreign public of their case and request a response from state institutions, as well as to press charges against those responsible for the case. According to the Globus weekly, the POA stated that the said journalists and several foreign reporters were suspected of swaying the public opinion in Croatia in collusion with individuals from foreign institutions by disseminating misinformation about the whereabouts of General Ante Gotovina, who is wanted by the Hague war crimes tribunal. The POA document read that by doing so the reporters were discrediting Croatian institutions, exerting pressure on Croatia and slowing down its integration into the European Union.
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Enis ZEBIĆ
Petero hrvatskih novinara – Gordan Malić iz „Globusa“, Ivanka Toma i Mario Kavajin iz „Jutarnjeg lista“, Ivica Đikić iz „Ferala“ i Željko Peratović iz „Vjesnika“, uputilo je danas zahtjev Hrvatskom novinarskom društvu, saborskim odborima za nacionalnu sigurnost i ljudska prava, te Vijeću za civilni nadzor sigurnosnih službi, kojim traže da istraže navode iz tjednika „Globus“ kako ih je Protuobavještajna agencija (POA), na čelu s bivšim ravnateljem Franjom Turekom, tijekom 2003. i 2004. godine prisluškivala pod sumnjom da sudjeluju u medijsko-obavještajnoj kampanji protiv Hrvatske. Oni se pozivaju na tekst u najnovijem broju ovog tjednika, pod naslovom „Turekova prezentacija“, u kojemu su objavljeni dokumenti POA-e kojima se, tvrde novinari, teško kleveće njihov rad. Detalje u izjavi za Radio Slobodna Evropa pojašnjava novinar „Vjesnika“ Željko Peratović:
„Reagiramo sada na potvrđene informacije da nas je POA nadzirala, obrađivala i prezentirala naš novinarski rad državnom vrhu kao neprijateljsku djelatnost, usmjerenu protiv interesa Republike Hrvatske, a koja se očitovala u širenju dezinformacija da je general Gotovina u Hrvatskoj, a za račun britanske tajne službe. Mi se protivimo tim klevetama Protuobavještajne agencije, smatramo da smo nezakonito nadzirani, da je POA trebala obavljati svoj posao i tražiti generala Gotovinu, a ne nadzirati novinare.“
Peratović, kojem ovo nije prvi put da zbog novinarskog rada ima posla sa tajnim službama, vjeruje da bi inicijativa petero novinara mogla imati dalekosežne pozitivne posljedice:
„Mislim da će ovo što je objavio kolega Malić i ova naša zajednička inicijativa doprinijeti tome da se to napokon raščisti, da ovaj put novinari neće poslužiti kao sredstvo zapravo možda nekim višim političkim ciljevima, nekim političkim obračunima, ili da se smijeni šef neke tajne službe da bi se doveo neki drugi. Mislim da bi to trebalo na koncu i rezultirati kaznenom prijavom protiv odgovornih. Do sada mi imamo i naslijeđe Udbe s kojim nismo raščistili, nasljeđe Tuđmanovih tajnih službi koje su se bavile ne samo prisluškivanjem novinara nego i ratnim zločinima i švercale drogu i to do sada nije bilo sankcionirano. Nadam se da je prilika da se naprosto jednom podvuče crta i da netko od tih šefova kazneno odgovara, a ne samo da podnese ostavku, pa da mu kasnije predsjednik države ili premijer ponudi mjesto u diplomaciji.“
Predsjednik Hrvatskog novinarskog društva Dragutin Lučić Luce upozorava u izjavi za Radio Slobodna Evropa da se, čini se, sprema i kaznena prijava protiv autora tog teksta u tjedniku „Globus“, Gordana Malića, jer je objavio dokument sa oznakom državne tajne: „Međutim, treba podsjetiti na pozitivno zakonodavstvo u Hrvatskoj i na stavove Međunarodnog suda za ljudska prava u Strasburu i na ostale konvencije koje štite ljudska prava i medijske slobode, u kojima se doslovce kaže da je novinar slobodan od svake optužbe kad objavi bilo koji dokument, pa i tajni, ukoliko je to motivirano posebnim javnim interesom, a to je u ovom slučaju posve bjelodano. Naime, o tom se dokumentu već govori mjesecima i on je više-manje cijeloj javnosti poznat. Možda je tek sad po prvi put u jednom originalnom obliku ugledao svjetlo dana.“ Predsjednik Novinarskog društva, Lučić, sastat će se u srijedu sa petero prozvanih novinara, kako bi dogovorili dalje akcije.
Radio Slobodna Evropa
07. 02. 2005., 18,30 h
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Novinari traže istragu o navodima da ih je prisluškivala POA
Petero novinara poslalo je zahtjev službenim organima za pokretanjem istrage o navodima iznesenim u Globusu - da ih je Protuobavještajna agencija pod ravnanjem Franje Tureka tijekom 2003. i 2004. prisluškivala pod sumnjom da sudjeluju u medijsko-obavještajnoj kampanji protiv Hrvatske. “Tražimo da se ispita famozna prezentacija Franje Tureka u kojoj je on optužio niz hrvatskih novinara da rade za britansku tajnu službu i servisiraju domaće obavještajno podzemlje šireći dezinformacije da je general Gotovina u Hrvatskoj.”, rekao nam je jedan od prozvanih novinara, Željko Peratović. Kolege u istom sosu su Gordan Malić, Ivanka Toma, Mario Kavain i Ivica Đikić. “U toj prezentaciji koju je prošli tjedan objavio tjednik Globus, vidljivo je da su neki novinari bili izloženi mjerama tajnog nadzora, da su fotografirani i da su im prisluškivani telefoni. Tražimo, ne samo da se utvrdi da li je bilo nezakonitog postupanja POA-e, nego da se ispita da li još uvijek imamo dossier u POA-i, zašto nas se klevetalo da smo strani špijuni, i zašto se POA bavila nama umjesto Gotovinom I njegovim pomagačima.”, dodao je Peratović. Iako je tajnim dokumentom koji je objavio Globus uvtrđeno da su neki od novinara, uključujući Davora Butkovića bili pod mjerama nadzora POA-e, bivši ravnatelj Turek tvrdi da je sve rađeno po zakonu i da nije bilo nikakvih prisluškivanja. Franjo, osim toga, tvrdi da nisu praćeni novinari već strani obavještajci, a da su novinari s njima kontaktirali pa su, valjda, postali dijelom istrage. Kako piše Jutarnji list, Turek kaže da je POA pratila strane obavještajce, a ne djelatnike Haškog suda, “bez obzira kako se oni uokolo predstavljaju”. Prema objavljenoj prezentaciji vidljivo je da je POA nadzirala i bivšeg ravnatelja policije Ranka Ostojića te glasnogovornicu MUP-a Zinku Bardić. Kao što je poznato, Protuobavještajna agencija podnijela je kaznenu prijavu protiv nepoznatih počinitelja zbog odavanja državne tajne tekstovima u tjedniku Globus. Potpisnik tekstova je Gordan Malić, koji pretpostavlja da se kaznena prijava odnosi na njega.
Radio 101
Aktualni 101, 07. 02. 2005., 18 h
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