Thursday, 23 September 2021

Dubrovnik-Bulgaria Connection: Scientific View on Art and History Ties

September 23, 2021 -The Dubrovnik-Bulgaria Connection stretches through centuries. A lecture by the Ivo Pilar Social Research Scientist Vinicije Lupis reveals some interesting details on their shared art and history.

Connections between Dubrovnik and Bulgaria date back to as early as the 13th century. These connections weren't just in a common, political sense, but also in the sense of art and cultural exchange, as noted by Georgius Bulgarus, a Bulgarian blacksmith that stayed in town back in 1218. 

This fun fact is the opening of an invitation from the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute to free up your schedule on September the 23rd for a lecture on the connection between Dubrovnik and Bulgaria by Vinicije B Lupis. The event starts at 19:00 at the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute's Dubrovnik location, at the address: Od Kaštela 11.  

Vinicije B. Lupis graduated in history and archaeology back in 1992 as well as in art history and theory in 1995, both times at Zadar University. Along with his MA on Ston's liturgy silver (1998) and his Ph.D. on the topic of the skull relics in the reliquary of the Dubrovnik Cathedral (2004), Lupis began his professional work in 1992 as a conservatory archaeologist in Split and then moved to work in Dubrovnik's Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments.

''Since 2007, Lupis has worked for the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute, and from 2008 on, he has been the Head of the institute's Dubrovnik location. He has published hundreds of scientific papers and several books on the topic of sacral heritage, the art history of Dubrovnik and Boka Kotorska (Montenegro). He is the editor of multiple magazines and almanah's, and as an outside associate of the Croatian Radiotelevision (HRT), he gave his contribution to documentary series on Dubrovnik's history and heritage,'' reads the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute on its website. 

With the lecture being held in Croatian and as such not being very accessible to non-native-speakers, its worth noting some of the interesting key facts about Dubrovnik and Bulgaria that will be the subject of Lupis's lecture.

Lupis analyses the Renaissance painting of the Lady with Christ from the St. Kevork Armenian Church in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He dated the picture to be from the beginning of the 16th century and connected it to the Dubrovnik painting circle (which is additionally interesting since this painting is the first renaissance painting in all of Bulgaria). The same church also holds the Engolpion (a medallion with an icon in the centre worn around the neck by Orthodox and Eastern Catholic bishops), which is close to the Dubrovnik-style of production at that time. This is just one example of Dubrovnik's influence on Bulgarian artistic heritage. 

''The (Bulgarian) National gallery in Sofia holds the work of Croatian painters from the Dubrovnik area such as Vlaho Bukovac and Mato Celestin Medović. Dubrovnik as a place of inspiration is especially important for Bulgarian painters such as Bencho Yordanov Obreshkov and Mario Zhekov. Zhekov, the most significant Bulgarian marinist, painted an entire series of Dubrovnik landscapes,'' explains the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute.

This should come as no surprise as the City of Dubrovnik, throughout its history, nurtured relations with various kingdoms and states. These include, as noted by the online edition of Croatian Encyclopedia, the then-Croatia, the Venetians, the Normans, and many others. Dubrovnik also became an independent republic, and history remembers the state for its great diplomacy ( which is valued by Croatian diplomats even today) and for abolishing slavery as early as 1416.  

As TCN previously wrote, the Ivo Pilar Social Research Institute's scientists also made excellent connections with the Slovakian science community and explored the history of relations between the two countries. It has also since expanded its connection in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as in Montenegro with regards to the ethnic Croats of Boka Kotorska.

Learn more about Croatian Art Galleries in Zagreb, Dalmatia, Istria & Slavonia on our TC page.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Gordon Ramsay Verdict on Croatian Cuisine in 90 Seconds (VIDEO)

September 23, 2021 - The Gordon Ramsay verdict on Croatian cuisine is here, summarized into a 90-second video with many 'mmms', 'oh my god!', and 'that's incredible!' 

The adventures of the British chef took him to Croatia in the third season of "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted". In search of unusual cuisines, Ramsay visited 10 new destinations this season, including Texas, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Finland, Iceland, and, of course, the Croatian region of Istria.

During his culinary mission, Gordon has to work hard to learn new flavors and unusual combinations and be in top shape for the final clash with local chefs. Namely, Ramsay must provide his own ingredients, that is, to catch and harvest what he will cook - with minimal help from locals.

Despite all the accolades and Michelin stars, he breaks through the boundaries of his endurance and skills and even encounters a few problems along the way.

The Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted Croatia episode aired in Croatia as part of the National Geographic program on September 19.

On the untouched Croatian peninsula of Istria, Ramsay - who visited Croatia for the first time - was welcomed by famous Croatian chef David Skoko and learned the secrets of Istrian cuisine.

Ramsay, among other things, went diving, fished from an old wooden boat, picked olives, hunted for truffles, and even milked a donkey!

The ending features a cooking duel in which he uses indigenous products such as fresh eggs, goat cheese, and olive oil to create a truly authentic meal. 

The famous chef even learned a bit of Croatian during his time in Istria, thanks to David Skoko's son Anton. The talented chef twists his tongue trying to pronounce words such as susnjezica (sleet) and kukuruz (corn), making his young teacher Anton laugh. 

But all jokes aside, what did Ramsay think about his first encounter with Croatian cuisine? You can see the Gordon Ramsay verdict on Croatian cuisine in 90 seconds below.


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Thursday, 23 September 2021

First Croatian Cannabis Museum to Open in Zagreb

September 23, 2021 - The first Croatian Cannabis museum will soon open in Zagreb, which will cover more than 400 m2 and have two floors, an outdoor space, and parking for all visitors.

Jutarnji List spoke to Tvrtko Kračun, the founder and co-owner of the store, where you will find the largest selection of CBD oils and other CBD products.

The museum opening is scheduled for mid-December. It will be located in the building opposite the Ministry of the Interior on Petrinjska Street, which additionally attracted the public's attention.

"We did not intentionally go into it and wait for the space next to MUP to be vacated. We have been looking for adequate space with a parking lot near the city center for a long time because we believe that our museum will be interesting for tourists. We did not want to be in the 'focus' like, for example, on Ilica. Still, we wanted a space that would provide visitors with a 'casual' atmosphere while enjoying educational lectures in the open air," said Kračun, who admitted that the idea of a hemp museum came after visiting the Zagreb Chocolate Museum with his daughter.

"I liked how Mrs. Ružica did it, and I thought why not apply something like that to hemp and educate people. This is one of the changes I want to see, and not for Croatia always to be the one to follow the trends last," he explains.

The first floor will introduce visitors to the hemp plant, its morphology, species, and subspecies and will highlight the history of its use in different cultures. Through the wall of fame and the wall of shame, visitors will get to know various significant figures from history and, for example, find out the status of hemp during the Prohibition era.

"Visitors could be interested in the information that Yugoslavia was the largest producer of hemp in Europe. We will try to educate them about hemp in Slavonia and explain how it turned into a ghost at some point," Kračun explains.

On the second floor, through three separate rooms, the museum will educate visitors about medical use, examples from other countries on the use of hemp, provide information from proven scientific research on the economic impact and impact on human health - both positive and negative. Finally, in the third separate room, the museum will explain what the future holds and in what ways the plant could be used - for example, why eco-blocks are essential and what hemp materials are eco-friendly.

"We plan to use the outer part of the space for lectures and workshops that will be exclusively educational. We plan to bring lecturers with experience, both domestic and foreign," said Tvrtko Kračun, who revealed that they plan to have four employees in the museum.

"Our goal is to educate the public about hemp. I want to emphasize that we do not persuade to consume but present scientific facts and emphasize science, medicine, and the economy. For this reason, we decided to provide free entrance to the museum to employees of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Ministry of the Interior. In addition, we plan to talk to institutions and, if they are interested, include them in lectures that will be held at the museum because our goal is to provide scientifically proven positive and negative facts in one place," explains Kračun, who is pleased with the success of his Hemps stores.

"We worked very well during corona, and our webshop contributed to that. We had a space on Radićeva Street that we exceeded with our products in less than three months, so when more space was freed at the bottom of Radićeva, we moved the store there. Our Cannabis club is also progressing very well; we have several thousand members," he said. 

Anyone who joins the Cannabis Club for free, in addition to receiving discounts on Hemps products, will also be able to actively participate in the selection of exhibits at the Cannabis Museum and contribute to its appearance. Namely, they will vote which exhibitions and people are important to the industry that should be prominently displayed in the museum.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Pula Car-Free Day: Should Lungomare Promenade be Car-Free?

September 23, 2021 - Pula Car-Free Day was commemorated on September 22nd, 2021, just like in many cities and towns worldwide. The event, which is part of European Mobility Week, also raised the question of whether or not should Pula's Lungomare promenade be closed for car traffic in general.

Given that Zagreb is the capital of Croatia, the city may often take up more room on the Croatian news scene than other cities and places in the country. Such an example was the programme the city prepared for European Mobility Week (like the event in the Zagreb City Museum), the celebration of which took place on Wednesday with the commemoration of World Car-Free Day on September the 22nd.

That said, other towns in Croatia had their programmes too. One such example is the Eastern Istrian coastal town of Pula.

As the local website stated, this year's edition of the European Mobility Week programme in Pula was added to with a motto ''Mobility with zero-emissions for everyone'', with which Pula entered its fifteenth year of organising activities for the occasion.

''In marking this important event, partners from the Muscular Dystrophy Society of Istria, the Istria County police force, and the Croatian Car Club Pula-Rovinj have been joining us every year. By participating in European Mobility Week, we want to encourage sustainable development and upgrade urban traffic. Twenty new buses operating in Pula are fueled by natural gas which satisfies the highest ecological standards and are adapted to disabled people. This all contributes to the image of Pula as a modern European town,'' said Pula's Deputy Mayor Elena Puh Belci at the opening in the programme earlier this week.

On Wednesday, in the spirit of Car-Free Days, the main waterfront, Lungo Mare promenade, was closed for car traffic from 06:30 to 15:30.

''The pedestrians we bumped into yesterday thought some construction work was underway instead of it all being a promotion of a more healthy lifestyle, given the no-traffic-sign was placed all the way from Valkan to Mornar,'' wrote the local Glas Istre daily newspaper.

Glas Istre journalists also asked the locals whether or not Lungomare should be closed for traffic in general and not just symbolically on September the 22nd.

''It would actually be really nice if people could have a promenade without traffic so they could walk its whole length. Given that the younger population gathers here on benches at night, maybe it would be good for the promenade to be open for traffic from 22:00 to 06:00,'' locals Tin Knežević and Ana Milotić told Glas Istre.

''It should be closed off for traffic. People need to move more and walk around more, and there's too much traffic here. People want to jump straight from their cars into the sea without doing any walking. The beginning of this road is slim and the road from the restaurants goes off in two directions, so everyone should arrive here by walking,'' said Marta Pešutić.

While many in the article felt that cars on Lungomare should be limited, apart from not being sure whether or not something like that would be possible in the near future, some people also openly took into account the fact that cars aren't useless.

''Cars get in the way, but sometimes they're needed, so maybe we should think about that too,'' concluded Glas Istre with a quote from Mira Filipović.

Learn more about Pula in our TC guide

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Gordon Ramsay Croatia Episode Sparks Twitter Reaction over 'Adriatic Sea'

September 23, 2021 - The Gordon Ramsay Croatia episode aired in Croatia on Sunday, and while it was mostly applauded, one Twitter user pointed out a mistake no Croatian (and especially Dalmatian) dare make. The Irish and British embassies even got involved! 

American writer and professor living in Croatia Cody McClain Brown set Twitter on fire after he jokingly criticized Gordon Ramsay for calling the Adriatic 'water', a word no Croatian should ever use to describe the Adriatic Sea. 

"Gordon Ramsay referred to the Adriatic as "the water" and we almost had to change the channel," Cody wrote on Twitter. 

"Typical continental slip", "If it's water - drink it" and "Without any respect", were just some of the comments on Cody's tweet.

It didn't take long for the Irish and British embassies in Croatia to get involved.


"Cody, we'll point this out to our friends at the. UK Embassy. They'll talk to Mr. Ramsay and help to repair bilateral relations ASAP!!" wrote the Irish Embassy in Croatia, and the British Embassy added: "Urgent action required indeed! Proper briefing prepared for Mr Ramsay - with the hashtag #MORE.


Cody responded to the tweets and said that "he didn't consider it controversial":

"I wasn't really the one that took issue, but thanks all the same. I enjoy his programs and can continue to watch them "bez problema."


The UK Embassy replied: "No questions asked. Even if it was punica! #morenijevoda"

The Gordon Ramsay Uncharted episode on Croatia was shown on National Geographic on September 19. Gordon Ramsay spent some time in Istria and praised Croatian truffles and olive oil, which he considers better than Spanish and Italian.

"Everyone told me that Croatia is like Italy, but when I was there, I didn't have to fish on a boat a little bigger than a bathtub," Ramsay joked in the episode.


Ramsay's guide through Istria was famous Croatian chef David Skoko, who also took Ramsay fishing. He showed him how to hunt conger eels in Istria, and Skoko's son Anton taught Ramsay Croatian. The famous chef was led by Višnja Prodan to hunt truffles.

Ramsay was in Croatia in the summer of 2020, and the show filmed in Istria was shown as part of a day dedicated to Croatia on National Geographic.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Croatia's Coronavirus Update: 1,373 New Cases, 15 Deaths, 694 Hospitalizations

ZAGREB, 23 Sept 2021 - In the last 24 hours, Croatia has conducted 10,106 coronavirus tests, and 13.6% of them, or 1,373, have turned out to be positive, and ten more COVID patients have died, raising the COVID-related death toll to 8,554, the country's COVID-19 crisis management team reported on Thursday.

There are now 8,615 active cases, and 694 of them are receiving hospital treatment, including 89 placed on ventilators.

Since the first registered case of the infection with the novel virus in Croatia on 25 February 2020, the country has conducted over 2.76 million tests which have shown that 396,470 people have caught the virus, and of them, 379,301 have recovered, including 1,132 recoveries in the last 24 hours.

To date, 3,388,015 vaccines have been administered. As many as 1,793,806 people have received at least one shot, and of them, 1,682,093 have fully been vaccinated (49.82% of the adult population).

For all you need to know about coronavirus specific to Croatia, make sure to bookmark our dedicated COVID-19 section and select your preferred language.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Croatian Children Over 12 Await General Vaccination Recommendation

September 23, 2021 - The coronavirus has broken out in Zagreb schools, and more and more Croatian children are being vaccinated at the Fair, but when will the general recommendation be for those over 12 years old? reports today that the number of people suffering from covid is growing, especially among young people. ''In the first three days of this week we have almost 100 new patients in primary and 88 in secondary schools in Zagreb'', said Tatjana Petričević Vidović from the School Medicine Department of the Institute of Public Health 'Andrija Štampar', and commented for HRT on the vaccination of Croatian children.

''Yesterday there were 427 newly infected people in Zagreb. The numbers are rising, we are on the ascending arm of the fourth wave. Epidemiologists say that we are not close to the peak, this can be seen from the daily figures on the increased number of tests, and the data can also be seen in schools in Zagreb. We have an increase in infected children, with a return to school and indoor spaces there is an increase. In the first week we had 80 new cases in primary schools, 99 in secondary schools, and in the second week 229 in primary and 203 in secondary schools. In the first three days of this week, we have almost 100 in primary and 88 in secondary. It is obvious that the number is growing and what we notice is that the virus is spreading much faster within the class so we have classes that have symptoms in a day or two and tests confirm the coronavirus in 15 out of 30 students. The delta strain is spreading much faster and we are witnessing that'', said Dr. Tatjana Petričević Vidović from the Department of School Medicine of the Teaching Institute for Public Health 'Andrija Štampar' in the HRT show on Studio 4.

She called on people who have not been vaccinated to do so, ''it is absolutely a way out of this situation'', she pointed out.

''Regarding the vaccination of Croatian children, we vaccinate children over 12 years of age, in accordance with the recommendations of regulatory agencies and our CNIPH. Children are vaccinated with the vaccine from Pfizer and Moderna. So far, expert recommendations exist for the population of children suffering from chronic diseases or other conditions, for whom covid infection could significantly endanger their health. Of course, healthy children can also be vaccinated and we see that, and parents bring their children to the Fair. That is what we wanted to see, that parents and children are vaccinated together, but also grandparents who have not been vaccinated'', said Petričević Vidović.

When it comes to vaccinating Croatian children over the age of 12, she said there is no mass recommendation to vaccinate healthy children. Vaccination can be carried out individually.

'We have not yet embarked on mass vaccination because the benefits and possible side effects that have been reported are still being weighed, I must say. That is valid, the research is ongoing and I hope that some decision will be made in the foreseeable future'', said Petričević Vidović for HRT.

Commenting on the increase in the number of new patients in schools, she said that she is constantly called upon to maintain distance, but that is difficult. ''These measures must be implemented in the school. Self-isolation is still necessary when we have a newly ill child in the classroom. We try to be as sparing as possible and as few children as possible go into self-isolation. But when the infection spreads in the class and when we have two or more sick children, then self-isolation must be determined for the whole class'', explained Petričević Vidović.

For example, four classes in a school had to go into self-isolation because of one infected student, and she said that children must all be tested before going to school to eliminate the infection before the trip.

''But in school children are in contact with each other, so everyone has to self-isolate. It is not a popular method, but it is still needed given the state of the epidemic and given the fact that we do not have a high enough vaccination rate of the general population'', she said.

She also commented on postcovid in children who had no symptoms during the illness.

''The disease in children passes in most cases with a mild clinical course. Fortunately, complications of multiinflammatory syndrome are rare. Long postcovids with symptoms of weakness, long fatigue are monitored, concentration disorders are mentioned, but it takes more time and research and we hope that there will be no more pronounced consequences in children and young people'', Petričević Vidović told HRT.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Milanović Meets Representatives of Croat Expatriate Community in New York

ZAGREB, 23 Sept 2021 - During his stay in New York, where he is attending the 76th session of the UN General Assembly, Croatian President Zoran Milanović has met with representatives of the Croat expatriate business and scientific communities in New York, his office said on Thursday.

Representatives of the Croat community in New York informed Milanović of their activities in establishing connections between Croat expatriates in New York and strengthening their ties with Croatia.

They also presented proposals on how to improve that cooperation and offered their help in promoting Croatia in New York and elsewhere in the United States, expressing satisfaction with the meeting with Milanović and the respect shown them by Croatian state institutions.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Lawyer Vanja Juric: Court Ban on Writing about Someone Has Never Been Seen Before

September the 23rd, 2021 - Croatian lawyer Vanja Juric has spoken out about the court ban issued to a certain media portal on writing about certain institutions and people, adding that something like that has never been seen before in this country.

As Index writes, after the court made a scandalous decision that the H-alter portal and journalist Jelena Jindra are no longer allowed to publish texts and write about the Child Protection Polyclinic and its head Gordana Buljan Flander, the reactions have been coming in fast.

Minister of Culture: How is that possible?

"How is it possible to make a decision to forbid someone to write about something in advance. Any dispute regarding articles in the media can be resolved by a denial, or a request for correction, but in this way, it stops journalists from even writing about something ...", said Minister Obuljen Korzinek.

Lawyer Vanja Juric: It's one of the most severe attacks on media freedoms we've seen.

“Without any exaggeration, this is one of the most severe attacks on media freedoms in general. The court banned any media outlet, which dealt with a topic of very serious social importance, from any future reporting on the work of that public institution and the head of that institution. The ban is formulated completely generally, so, legally and factually, it refers to all topics that in any way relate to the professional activities carried out by public authorities.

The court didn't request any statement from the media or from the journalist who wrote those articles, explaining that such a statement isn't necessary for the making of that decision. Such a decision has not been recorded in the practice of Croatian courts before, it's contrary to all standards of the European Court of Human Rights and, in general, to the fundamental principles of a democratic society. It opens the door to all state and public bodies, politicians, officials and all other persons to try to stop journalistic reporting in the same way, given that it is now clear that it is quite possible that such attempts will be approved by the court,'' lawyer Vanja Juric said in conversation with Index.

''The judiciary wants to silence the media'' this was the Croatian Journalists' Association's reaction.

"By use of the ''Insurance Decision'' issued by the Municipal Civil Court in Zagreb of the 21st of September 2021, which imposes a temporary measure banning the Association of Independent Media Culture, the publisher of the H-alter portal, from publishing articles about the Child and Youth Protection Clinic of the City of Zagreb and its director Gordana Buljan Flander, the Croatian judiciary has resorted to unprecedented censorship in advance,'' they claim.

"After H-alter published a series of articles by journalist Jelena Jindra over the past few weeks entitled The system for the protection of, or the abuse of children?, in which it problematises the work of Gordana Buljan Flander, ie the Polyclinic she heads, Judge Andrija Krivak signed a scandalous decision meaning that this medium is forbidden to write about a particular person.

The court assessed the journalistic research of colleague Jindra allegedly without trying to obtain anything from the editor or journalist and the publisher's representative. Instead of discussing any doubts in a regular trial, the judge decided to further ban H-alter from investigating the actions of a public institution and its director. Such a precedent could be absolutely disastrous for media freedom in Croatia.

After years of witnessing SLAP lawsuits against journalists, this time the judiciary went a step further and decided to silence the media portal entirely. It should be noted that the director of this institution and her associates, according to the testimony of colleagues, have repeatedly missed the opportunity to present to the public their view of the controversial doctrine of ''child alienation''.

The Croatian Journalists' Association and the Croatian Journalists' Union both believe that this is an extremely dangerous attempt at censorship and the inadmissible silence of the media.

They have both therefore called on all Croatian media, all journalists and editors, to resist this form of pressure and, in solidarity with their colleague Jindra and the non-profit portal H-alter, broadcast the her series researching the institition and thus show that we cannot be silenced. The above was fully supported by Maja Sever, President of the Croatian Journalists' Union and Hrvoje Zovko, President of the Croatian Journalists' Association.

Lawyer Vesna Alaburic: This is biggest restriction on media freedom in Croatia

"The decision prohibiting the publisher of the H-Alter portal from publishing any information about Gordana Buljan Flander and the polyclinic she manages is an unprecedented restriction on media freedom in our country, it's also the biggest. As far as I know, never in the history of the Croatian judicial system has a media outlet been banned from publishing any articles about an individual or an institution.

From the multitude of possible objections to this unprecedented ban, I'll single out a few.

First, an absolute, non-selective ban on publishing any information about a legal entity, regardless of its truthfulness and public interest, constitutes the abolition of media freedoms. Therefore, this prohibition is contrary to the fundamental legal principles of the protection of freedom of expression and can in no way be justified by the need to protect a personality.

The ban regarding the publisher of the H-Alter portal is not an obstacle for publishing articles by our excellent journalist Jelena Jindra about Dr. Buljan Flander and the polyclinic in other media or communication platforms. That is why this ban cannot serve the purpose that Dr. Buljan Flander expected and for which the court determined it. On the contrary, this ban will focus the attention of the entire Croatian public on H-Alter and the texts of Jelena Jindra and all information about Dr. Buljan Flander that the court considered disputable will receive huge publicity.

"All court conclusions are to the detriment of the author and publisher"

Furthermore, the court concluded that it didn't require the statement of the publisher, editor-in-chief or the author of the disputed texts. The judge analysed the texts and assessed whether the journalist acted in good faith, whether she performed her journalistic work professionally and in accordance with the rules of the profession, whether she made some controversial claims intentionally, whether she faithfully transmitted the statements of others and the like. All court conclusions are to the detriment of the author and publisher. Such conduct of the court constitutes a grave violation of the right to a fair trial, in particular the right of each party to the proceedings to comment on the opposing party's motions, present its arguments and propose evidence.

''I'm particularly concerned about the part of the decision in which the court argues that a fair balance should be struck between the conflicting rights to the protection of the right to personality and the right to freedom of expression. The court showed a complete lack of understanding of the legal standards for the protection of the freedom of expression. Even Dr. Buljan Flander herself stated in the ban proposal that it is "justified to expect media interest" in these topics.

The court, however, did not take public interest into account, nor did it even consider the almost unlimited right of the public to be informed of information and opinions on topics of public interest. If any of this information is incorrect, the sanction will be appropriate compensation for damages to the injured parties. And that is the limit of freedom of expression set by a democratic society in order to protect the rights of others,'' commented lawyer Vesna Alaburic.

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Thursday, 23 September 2021

Minister Warns Against Manipulation of Facts at Union Protest

ZAGREB, 23 Sept 2021 - Health Minister Vili Beroš said on Thursday that a union protest of nurses is a legitimate and democratic way of expressing one's position and demanding rights but he noted that there is no room for manipulation of facts.

The introduction of new anti-epidemic measures for employees in medical and social care institutions at the beginning of October has elicited debates in a part of the public, prompting some of the unions representing health sector employees to stage a public protest, said the minister.

"The protest to be held today by the Nurses Union... is a legitimate and democratic way to express one's positions and demands regarding certain outstanding issues and I support it as such," Beroš said in a statement when asked by the media to comment on the protest to be held in downtown Zagreb.

He added that what he did not have understanding for was the purposeful manipulation of facts regarding the announced introduction of new epidemiological rules in medical institutions, notably those that treat patients, who are the most vulnerable group in terms of possible infection with coronavirus and its consequences.

"As Health Minister, it is my obligation to take all necessary measures to prevent the infection from entering and spreading in the health sector, notably hospitals," he said.

COVID-19 certificates will be required for employees in the health and social care systems as of 1 October.

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