Croatia’s electronic media law to be liberalized, minister says – EURACTIV.com


Croatia’s law on electronic media will be liberalized and one of the options is to allow vertical integration of media in Croatia, Culture and Media Minister Nina Obuljen Koržinek said on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the director of information and programming of private television N1, Tihomir Ladišić, accused the government of allowing two telecoms, A1 and HT, to create a market duopoly by not changing the law. on electronic media.

His comment came after A1 decided to remove N1 from its broadcast offering, with the possibility that HT would follow suit. This left the N1 news channel, known for its objective reporting, off the air just before the local elections.

When asked if the government would allow vertical media integration – allowing a media publisher to also be an operator of multimedia content and vice versa – which is prohibited under the current Electronic Media Act , the minister said that was one of the options being considered.

Obuljen Koržinek, for his part, said Croatia is “one of the last EU states to have this explicit ban. If we move towards lifting the ban, then other mechanisms guaranteeing media pluralism will be introduced ”.

The minister also reiterated that A1’s decision to remove United Media Group channels, including N1, from its bid was strictly a business matter between the two companies, not a matter of legislative regulation.

However, Koržinek rejected the argument that the Electronic Media Law does not allow N1 to broadcast on its platform, claiming that the law only regulates publishers who have a license and are established in Croatia.

“N1 is a pay channel which is not established in Croatia and has no concession,” said the minister. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)


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