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Following reports regarding the sale of the Novi List daily, the Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) has called on the relevant state bodies to "attach the necessary attention to the transparency of the media ownership, notably the print media," saying that the sale of the Rijeka-based daily is being carried out in a non-transparent fashion, under the counter and with fictitious owners, which is contrary to the regulations of the Media Act.

"The state must protect the media from non-transparent ownership and concealed owners, because by doing so it protects public interests, namely the interests of the citizens of this country," the HND said in a statement released on its website, following media reports about the sale of the Novi List daily which have not yet been confirmed by the paper's steering board or present owner.

According to the media, a foreign investment fund, namely a media group behind that fund, will enter the Novi List ownership structure, which is why the HND believes it is particularly important to keep the entire procedure transparent.

The Fairpress news website released the information that Novi List was being purchased by JOJ Media House on behalf of the Czech-Slovak investment fund J&T, allegedly owned by the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ).

"When this investment fund, namely its media company attempted to purchase the most important Slovenian daily a few years ago, the neighbouring country prevented the takeover, describing it as hostile," the HND stressed, calling once again on the relevant bodies to investigate the transparency of the media ownership, notably the print media.

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