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.|W|P|110849014851652791|W|P|President Stjepan Mesic's biographer|W|P|
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.|W|P|110812577134382632|W|P|Gotovina & POA & Journalists|W|P|