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The Electronic Media Council chair Mirjana Rakic, who is at the helm of the Electronic Media Agency, on Friday offered her resignation citing "unbearable pressure".

"I sent my resignation to the Culture Ministry today and the Electronic Media Council will forward the request for my resignation to the government," Rakic told reporters.

Rakic said that there was no need for all members of the Electronic Media Council to step down, and she believes that it would be bad if Council members turn out to be collateral victims of the situation surrounding her.

Since the onset, the entire pressure has been mounting on me, she said adding that she wants to  step down to preserve her personal and professional integrity.

Rakic said she did not know who her successor for the post of the chief of the electronic media regulator could be, but she is sure that the Culture Ministry probably knows who that might be.  

Earlier this month, the government negatively assessed the report on the performance of the Electronic Media Council and the Electronic Media Agency in 2014, and put forward a proposal to the parliament to relieve Rakic and other members of the regulator of their duties.

This move by the government angered the Croatian Journalists' Society (HND) and was the reason why several Opposition lawmakers sent a letter to the European Commission claiming that the government had unlawfully launched the proceedings to relieve Rakic and members of the Electronic Media Council of duty.

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