The ruling Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) has announced legal action against the Index.hr news website for creating a pop-up asking visitors whether they are human beings or members of HDZ before entering the website and a sign with words that read “No entry for HDZ”.
The Index pop-up calls for a reaction from everyone in society who influences public opinion, said Interior Minister Davor Božinović on Wednesday, stressing that such a trend could be dangerous for society. Discrimination based on political affiliation is unacceptable, he added.
Index.hr’s move was similar to when a Rijeka bar owner posted on Facebook that HDZ members and sympathisers were not welcome in his establishment, said Božinović, adding that “it’s not about the person, it’s about the message”, said Božinović.
According to the Croatian Journalists’ Association (HND), however, the pop-up on the front page of Index.hr did not amount to hate speech as it was “a form of free speech in the form of satirical criticism of the government”. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)