by Josip JOVIC
Deputy Prime Minister Zeljka Antunovic criticized the former management claiming that it was incapable of presenting a program for recovery of the newspaper and that creditors found some of the proposals made by the former management laughable. The truth is quite different. The creditors accepted as many as two programs, there were several offers to buy the company, but the government obstructed everything, because the recovery of the company was not in its interest. The government wanted to prevent the recovery of the company in order to keep the control of the newspaper.
But they actually opposed the influence of the HSLS on the editorial policy of the newspaper, while they had no problem with SDP influence on the very same editorial policy. They are saints who oppose polygamy, they are monogamous, they oppose political parties but support the Party. They, furthermore, had daily contacts with the SDP representatives in Split, Sibenik, and Zagreb, preparing and persistently, for a year and a half, seeking a way to change the editors and the editorial policy. Vesna Podlipec, Marin Jurjevic, Vinko Bajrovic were contacted by the Split representative of the trade union leadership, and Ninic by the trade union leadership from Sibenik, and then all of them together visited Slavko Linic and Zeljka Antunovic.
President Stjepan Mesic also opposed meddling of politics into the editorial policy of a newspaper, but at the same time without blinking supported the dismissal of the management, repeating his assertion about the fascistoid nature of Slobodna Dalmacija expressing surprise that others did not realize and perceive that. He opposes the political influence, but it seems that in this case he only opposes the influence of the SDP because Racan is already causing too much trouble for him via Pavic's publications, and Mesic can only rely on Nacional and Republika.
Goranko Fizulic, during his visit to Trogir, also confirmed that the Slobodna Dalmacija case is primarily of political nature, while the democratic public TV totally ignored that. He asserted that the main problem of Slobodna are inherited debts, that the newspaper was making profit, and stated that he as the economics minister had never been consulted by anyone about the economic side of the problem and had never seen the proposed recovery program!?
Besides, the people and numerous political parties and organizations recognized the true goals and intentions of the ruling party. Simply, it is necessary to stifle the only independent, opposition newspaper in Croatia. That desire is getting stronger as the politics implemented by the Party is failing and as their ultimate intentions are becoming dirtier. They want to put out the last "freedom light", as our numerous readers refer to our newspaper, and turn everything into one big propaganda darkness and a foreboding deafening eulogy of the government.
And not only no one will ask unpleasant questions, but everyone will also praise exactly that and such policy of spiritual and material destruction of the country. The Party has appointed its cadres to the oversight board, to the management, and tomorrow it will appoint its people to the editorial office. A year and a half of, according to many, light, will be denounced by the propaganda machinery and politicians of the ruling parties as darkness, fascism, nationalism, backwardness, and Ustashe ideology. The ideological prejudice based on which Croats were killed and sent to jails for fifty years is again at work. These prejudices resulted at one time with the destruction of the Croatian Literary Paper, Croatian Weekly, Croatian Economy Herald, Student Paper etc.
They've been asking us recently why we do not approach the international community, its bodies. But, why don't they approach us, if they care. And they don't. Their interest in the freedom of media is also selective. Nobody cares about democracy and freedom as such. Only democracy and freedom that work for our interests are interesting.
On the contrary, I am certain that that phantom community led by several Mason organizations that have weaved their web in our land as well, especially in the main media, is involved in the attempt to destroy Slobodna Dalmacija.
Racan was obedient this time as well, the way he obeys and does everything they ask from him, from the arrest of generals to salaries for officials. That also explains the fact that he blatantly, and in a risky manner for him, broke the agreement with his main coalition partner.
Croatia is in general not ruled by the Croatian government, but by some powerful centers from outside Croatia. It is another issue that this government and president suit them. All those who will without questioning fulfill all their demands suit them. They need well trained bull-terriers that attack and bite everything that is self-aware, national, individualist, and that is why they were installed in power. Who are these people who are taking the fate of this country into their hands? The fate of her people, media, economic infrastructure... Who are they, where do they come from and whom do they serve? (...)