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Incitement to hatred at Zagreb local TV resulted in three days license suspension

On 22 January 2016, the Council of the Electronic Media Agency, the Croatian broadcasting regulator, temporarily suspended the license of the Zagreb-based local television channel Z1 televizija d.o.o. owing to alleged incitement to hatred in the programme "Markov trg" which was aired on 19 January 2016.

During its session on 22 January 2016, the Electronic Media Council unanimously decided to susped the licence of the Croatian capital city`s local TV for a period of three days (from 26 to 29 January) and to inform the State Attorney`s Office of possible breaches of the Penal Law. 

The Council found that the anchor of the TV show, Marko Jurić, had incited to hatred when he, in his message aired at the very end of the show, warned the citizens of Zagreb not to walk near the Serbian Orthodox Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, because "their children could become victims of Četnik slaughter". 

 

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