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ZAGREB, June 1, 2021 – The Croatian Political Science Association (HPD) on Tuesday strongly condemned Prime Minister Andrej Plenković’s criticisms of political scientist Dražen Lalić and broadcaster RTL, noting that they were an attack not only against an individual but against all scientists as well as the media.
The HPD recalled Plenković’s statement that “RTL hired Lalić to vilify (HDZ Zagreb mayoral candidate Davor) Filipović in the worst possible way” and his remark that “this is not an impartial media” but “mercenaries paid to demonize a political camp”.
“Such an unsubstantiated verbal attack by the Prime Minister against our member and prominent Croatian researcher was not only an ad hominem attack – which renders his criticism invalid – but also an attack on the right to express one’s opinion and against freedom. With his inappropriate act, Andrej Plenković threatened the freedom to express his professional opinions and further weakened the already weak position of the media, ”said the association.
She also notes that, given the disproportion of powers, this type of attack by the Prime Minister against a member of the academic community and a public intellectual has the potential to instill fear and insecurity among members of the community. academia and the media.
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