Zlatko Hasanbegovic

Obuljen Korzinek takes over as Minister of Culture

Nina Obuljen Korzinek took over from Zlatko Hasanbegovic as Croatia's Minister of Culture at a ceremony on Thursday, announcing that one of her first moves would be to appoint directors of several cultural institutions and to begin talks on next year's budget.

HND says 280 journalists in non-profit media left without income

The termination of a Culture Ministry grant programme for non-profit media, which over the past three years has strengthened the third media sector, has left 280 journalists without any income on the last day of September, the Croatian Journalists Association (HND) said in a statement on Saturday, urging the next culture minister to find solutions to "burning problems in the media field."

Hasanbegovic: Croatian and HDZ policies free of extremism

Croatia's caretaker Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Tuesday that there was no extremism either in the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) or in Croatia's society and therefore no one should impose a legacy of so-called extremism in Croatian politics.

HDZ chief seeks support of all ethnic minorities

Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic, who is the likeliest Prime Minister-Designate after the September 11 early parliamentary elections, on Friday held talks with the eight elected representatives of ethnic minorities

Hasanbegovic: Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in new gov't

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Thursday said that Vice President of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS) Milorad Pupovac won't be choosing personnel in the new government and that that would be done by Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) leader Andrej Plenkovic with a firm parliamentary majority with or without the three SDSS deputies.

Pupovac: We won't back gov't that would include Hasanbegovic

The vice-president of the Independent Democratic Serb Party (SDSS), Milorad Pupovac, told the N1 television on Thursday that representatives of ethnic minorities could participate in the majority to be formed in the new parliament, but noted that his party would definitely not support a government in which Zlatko Hasanbegovic would sit.

Children's ombudswoman responds to culture minister's request

Children's Ombudswoman Ivana Milas Klaric said on Thursday that in her opinion the column by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly, could be violating the rights and interests of the children of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, adding that when writing critically about public figures it was unacceptable to make negative comments about their children.

Culture ministers asks ombudswoman to protect rights of his children

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic on Wednesday called on the Ombudswoman for Children to protect his underage sons from hate speech in the article by Zrinka Vrabec Mojzes, published in the latest issue of the Nacional weekly.

HDZ's Hasanbegovic advocates long-term cooperation with Bridge

The Minister of Culture and member of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party's Presidency, Zlatko Hasanbegovic, said in Dubrovnik on Sunday that he was a staunch advocate of long-term cooperation with the Bridge reformist party and that HDZ should keep the right-wing Croatian Party of Rights

1st hearing held in minister's lawsuit against journalist over mental anguish

Lawyer Jonjic today presented the plaintiff's arguments and proposed the examination of Hasanbegovic's work by history experts to contend Tomic's claims that Hasanbegovic had advocated "totalitarian views and called for violence".

Croatian culture minister on accusations of being revisionist

"This is a defamation campaign which is not based on a single fact. I have already explained that the Independent State of Croatia (NDH) was the biggest moral failure of this country. I have condemned its regime and its crimes," Hasenbegovic said 

Finkielkraut: I signed petition against Hasanbegovic because of his historical revisionism

"I am here to express solidarity with all Croatians who regard the fact that Hasanbegovic is at the helm of the Ministry of Culture as a shameful act," the French intellectual told a press conference.

Three members of cultural council for book publishing industry resign

Three members of the Culture Ministry's council for the book publishing industry - Nadezda Cacinovic, Gordana Crnkovic and Neven Jovanovic - have tendered their resignations to their posts in the council. 

Hasanbegovic rejects Ustasha ideology in interview with Le Monde

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said in an interview with the French newspaper Le Monde that he did not feel sorry for the Ustasha regime and that criticisms against him were a result of post-communism in Croatia.

Culture minister: Motion to replace First Deputy PM will be rejected

Hasanbegovic said he did not expect any surprises from the HDZ's partner Bridge during the vote, adding that Bridge leader Bozo Petrov "clearly said that he would rely on facts and not rumours and lies."

European intellectuals call for replacing Croatian culture minister

The French newspaper Liberation on Monday published an open letter as part of a petition calling for the replacement of Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic.

Hungary and Croatia ink cultural cooperation deal

Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog and the visiting Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Monday signed a bilateral agreement on cultural cooperation in the 2016-2018 period.

Croatian Culture Minister on visit to Hungary

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic is paying an official visit to Hungary on 23-25 May at the invitation from Hungarian Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog, and the two ministers will sign a bilateral agreement on cultural cooperation ....  

16 Opposition MPs accuse Culture Minister of harming Croatia's image

Sixteen opposition lawmakers submitted an interpellation in parliament concerning Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic's responsibility , accusing him for damaging the country's reputation, ....

Culture Minister receives Serbian Orthodox bishop of Slavonia

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Monday received Serbian Orthodox Bishop of Slavonia and discussed the reconstruction of the episcopal palace in Pakrac that is to be financed by the Ministry.

Croatia and Bosnia to boost cultural cooperation through new projects

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic and Bosnia and Herzegovina's Civil Affairs Minister Adil Osmanovic said in Sarajevo on Thursday that they would work on specific projects to strengthen cultural cooperation between the two countries.

Culture minister warns Srebrenica genocide negator criticises Croatia

In the interview, broadcast on Wednesday, Minister Hasanbegovic said that taxpayers' money could no longer be allocated by the Culture Ministry in the way it had been before.

Minister brands calls for his resignation as petty-politicking

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Tuesday that the insistence of disgruntled reporters on his resignation was an act of petty politicking.

Culture Ministry says criticisms over Edit publishing company unfounded

"Funds for the normal functioning of Edit should be ensured from the state budget, through the Office for Ethnic Minorities, which is in charge of funding for work programmes of ethnic minorities," the Culture Ministry said in a reply to a query from Hina.

Minister: Responsibility lies with those boycotting official Jasenovac commemoration

Asked by reporters who was responsible for the fact that three commemorations were being held, Hasanbegovic said: "Those who are boycotting the official state commemoration." Asked if he felt personally responsible for that, he just said "No."

Croatia not successor to any criminal regime, culture minister says

"Certain associations have objected to three points. The first are certain incidents in society from which the government has clearly distanced itself and behind which it never stood. Unfortunately, they exist even in developed EU democracies and in this sense Croatia is no exception,"

Culture minister receives media freedom activists

Minister Hasanbegovic presented the ministry's position on those topics and assessed that CJFE's worries were unfounded.

Culture Ministry not officially notified of Jewish non-attendance at Jasenovac commemoration

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic said on Friday the ministry had not received an official note that representatives of Jewish communities would not attend a commemoration for the victims of the Jasenovac WWII concentration camp.

Ministry denies reports on non-allocation of funds to non-profit media

The ministry is preparing the advertisement of several programmes within the Operational Programme Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020 and has elaborated an indicative annual plan.

Croatia financially supporting reconstruction of Serb Orthodox monastery Krka

Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic on Wednesday received the prior of the Krka monastery of the Serb Orthodox Church, Archimandrite Nikodem Kosovic, for talks on the reconstruction of that monastery, according to a press release issued by the ministry.

Civil society group: Culture minister should be replaced over his comment on attack on writer

The group resented the fact that aside from condemning physical violence and attacks on any citizen, the minister in his statement also said that "the case in question underlines the importance of responsibility for what one says or writes in public."

Hasanbegovic dismisses claims about campaign against media

"The Council had the opportunity to state its position in its report. This is not a landing operation on the media scene, this is the assault on Drvar,"...

Government pushes for replacing Electronic Media Council

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasenbegovic said the report did not include full information which would show that the Council and the Agency had met their legal obligations and obligations from the work programme.

FM: No mention of Hasanbegovic, Lozancic in Munich

Foreign Minister Miro Kovac has said that during his talks at a Munich security conference there was no mention of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic, whose resignation has been demanded by the Opposition, nor of the case of Dragan Lozancic, ...

Karamarko says firmly supports Hasanbegovic, SOA chief to be replaced soon

Answering a reporter's question, he said that there would be a lot of inquiries in SOA because there had been indications of irregularities in its work and that time would show in which ways Lozancic had violated the law.

Circle for the Square initiative supports culture minister

The "especially deep differences" in those assessments in Croatia are "a consequence of years-long forced and ideologised interpretations," the initiative said in a press release. The initiative pushes for a Croatia without totalitarian symbols in public spaces.

Bulj: Bridge supports Hasanbegovic

"Our view is clear, we support Hasanbegovic and his work and want him to continue working in the interest of and in accordance with the reform programme," Bulj told reporters in parliament.

Karamarko: Hasanbegovic true anti-Fascist and anti-Communist

"I know that Hasanbegovic is a true anti-Fascist and anti-Communist," Karamarko said during a ceremony marking the 26th anniversary of the HDZ branch in the town of Bjelovar.

Milanovic: Hasanbegovic is a burden and should not be minister

 Social Democratic Party (SDP) leader Zoran Milanovic said on Thursday that people like Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic would not be acceptable anywhere in Europe and that he should never have been appointed a minister.

Hasanbegovic: Ustasha crimes biggest moral lapse in history of Croatian people

"Using totally peripheral statements I made as a student more than 20 years ago and taking them out of context is nothing but political manipulation," the minister said, declining to take questions from the press.

Bridge expects culture minister to clearly distance himself from Ustasha regime

Deputy Parliament Speaker Robert Podolnjak said on Wednesday that his Bridge party expected Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic to clearly say that he was a staunch antifascist and to clearly distance himself from the Ustasha regime ...

Minister say photo yet another attempt to vilify him

"This is yet another insinuation and provocation aimed at discrediting me as a human being and removing me from the political life," Hasanbegovic wrote in his response to Hina

HSP supports culture minister in his "fight for truth about Croatia's past"

The non-parliamentary Croatian Party of Rights (HSP) has said that it absolutely supports Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic in what it describes as his fight for the truth about Croatia's past, which the Croatian people deserves.

Croatian Journalists and Publicists counter Wiesenthal Center's statement

An association called "Croatian Journalists and Publicists (HNiP)" on Monday dismissed a recent statement by the Simon Wiesenthal Center against the new Croatian Culture Minister, Zlatko Hasanbegovic, as completely unfounded and unacceptable ...  

Wiesenthal Center demands dismissal of Croatian Culture Minister

The Wiesenthal Center, named after Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal, has expressed "its shock and indignation at several actions taken, and comments made, by newly-appointed Croatian Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic" and calls on the Croatian government to immediately dismiss Hasanbegovic. due to his comments on Croatia's history during World War II.

Media committee in heated debate on culture minister's decision

This conclusion, supported by seven MPs, while four deputies voted against and two abstained, was adopted after Minister Hasanbegovic acquainted the committee of his arguments.

Parl. media committee says minister was right to dissolve commission

The 13-member parliamentary committee on informatisation and media on Friday concluded that Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic adopted a decision on dissolving the commission for non-profit media in accordance with his powers and in line with laws.

Minister says no need for nonprofit media commisison

"In the budget for this year there is no need for such a commission. The new budget has a crucial role as does the new media strategy, given that the previous one is not obligatory on me in any way," the minister said.

Some historians worried about campaign against culture minister

"As historians we express deep concern about the way some statements made by Dr Zlatko Hasanbegovic, the Culture Minister, have been used for his political, professional and moral discrediting," 

Culture minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic rules out resignation

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic has said in his comment on a protest organised by the Workers' Front on Monday that any democracy allows its citizens to protest.

Association backs minister's decision to dissolve non-profit media commission

The Croatian Association for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights on Monday supported the decision of Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic to dissolve the Non-Profit Media Commission, saying that the decision was entirely justified.

Opposition requests media committee meeting on minister's decision

The request signed by the deputies of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) , the Croatian People's Party (HNS) and the Roma parliamentary deputy, reads that Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic should also be invited to the meeting.

Culture minister says commission dissolved in line with law

The minister also rejected speculations that he had dissolved the current make-up of the commission only to appoint new members, elaborating that there would no longer be any need for such a commission.

No quorum prevents minister from informing committee of his decision

Although Hasanbegovic came to present his position, committee chair Gordana Rusak said that the committee had to convene a new meeting on this topic after it was established that there was no quorum at today's session. 

Part of non-profit media demand replacement of culture minister

"Also, there have been attempts to depict the non-profit media as consisting of people who have thus found a free meal ticket and are 'cultural agitprop idlers' who spend millions of kuna of taxpayers' money, which is far from the truth," the E-net says in the letter.

Ministry says non-profit media commission dissolved in line with rules

Culture Minister Zlatko Hasanbegovic has dissolved the Non-Profit Media Commission in line with his powers, the ministry said in a press release on Friday.

HHO dismisses accusations against new culture minister

The HHO insists that Croatian anti-Fascists-Communists, who were "Stalin's proxies", conducted the armed and ideological struggle against the idea of Croatian state and persecuted and executed advocates of the idea of the Croatian state.

Karamarko rejects objections against Culture Minister

The government of new Prime Minister Tihomir Oreskovic on Saturday held its first working meeting after it was approved by lawmakers on late Friday night.

Culture Minister nominee says is exposed to "ideological lynching"

Hasanbegovic called on critics such as SDP PM Nenad Stazic to read all his interviews and papers to be acquainted with his position as a historian.

HND, Platform 112 against nomination of Hasanbegovic as culture minister

The Croatian Journalists' Association (HND) issued a statement late on Thursday saying that it was appalled by the nomination of Zlatko Hasanbegovic as Minister of Culture in the new government.