The web portal H-alter published today, 29 January, the news that the new Minister of Culture, Zlatko Hasanbegović, dissolved on 27 January this year the Expert Commission for Non-Profit Media whose members are Mima Simić, Tonči Kursar, Hajrudin Hromadžić, Zdenko Duka, Biljana Romić, Damir Hainski and Suzana Kunac.
On the occasion of this decision, Fairpress contacted the members of the Expert Commission for Non-Profit Media. Suzana Kunac via a telephone interview said for Fairpress that she didn’t receive any information on the dismissal:
I haven’t received any information from the Ministry of Culture. This is the first I’ve heard of this.
Tonči Kursar, professor at the Faculty of Political Science, who is also a member of the Expert Commission, was surprised by the said information:
Nobody told me anything. This is the first I’ve
heard of this. The Minister obviously has his own vision.
Writer Mima Simić commented for Fairpress on the decision of Hasanbegović:
As I’ve written in the statement for h-alter a few days ago, sensing the possible development of the situation non-profit media will be the first to suffer misfortune. The day after the association “In the name of the family” (“U ime obitelji”) sent a letter to the Ministry of Culture, they dismissed us. What that says about the new organization of the Ministry of Culture, conclude on your own. There was no revision – on the work of the Commission, nor the work of the media who are being financed. If judging by broader tectonics – street protests we’ve witnessed recently, for example – after the establishment of the new government, a new language is also being established which consists of going with fire and sword at all of those who don’t fit in the “new national paradigm.”