The association "Croatian Journalists and Publicists" (HNiP) on Friday sent an open letter to members of the Croatian Journalists Association (HND) saying that in the past several months the HNiP had been exposed to "unprincipled, anarchist and politically motivated public attacks by HND president Sasa Lekovic."
"We are being exposed to public mud-slinging and now even 'on behalf of 600,000 members of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ)', we are being accused of representing politically orchestrated journalism and of being totalitarians and careerists. Given that all of us are colleagues and that most of us know one another personally, I believe that all of us can agree that people like former HNiP president Sinisa Kovacic , HNiP vice president Katja Kusec, Ivan Hrstic or Jozo Barisic are no totalitarians and moral zeros as S. Lekovic is trying to publicly portray them, but are decent people and journalists who founded the HNiP precisely because of a lack of democracy and world-view balance in the media."
"We accept that you don't have to agree with us about the journalist code of ethics and that our commitment to professional and legal order, against political anarchy in the media, does not have to be the choice of every journalist. But we also believe that you don't support the perfidious insulting of those who think differently. Please imagine what it would be like if the HNiP now started to dig into the resume of every member of the HND, or God forbid into the archives of the League of Communists of Croatia and publicly point out many HND members because they had been informants in the Communist totalitarian system," the HNiP said in its letter.