ZAGREB, March 20 (Croatia Sun News) – The Croatian government will follow the situation in the media sector and consider introducing additional measures to protect not only commercial but also nonprofit media, the Culture Ministry said in a statement on its website.
Responding to media queries about the government’s plans regarding assistance to the media sector, the ministry says that measures adopted by the government are designed to help the economic sector and save jobs.
Most providers of media services in Croatia operate as companies so the government’s measures are also intended for them, the ministry says.
Some of funds for media to come from Media Pluralism Fund
According to the government’s measures intended for media, the Electronic Media Agency will pay out funds from the Electronic Media Pluralism Fund for 2020 while some of the funds could be reallocated for public reporting about the coronavirus pandemic.
The Electronic Media Agency and Council and the ministry are also considering additional measures of assistance, according to the statement.
The ministry also says that it will step up the process of evaluation of projects that have applied for funding for community media and support to social inclusion via media, with applications having been invited as part of the Operational Programme “Efficient Human Resources 2014-2020”, and that it will adopt a decision on funding for selected projects as soon as possible.
The ministry also says that it will look for other ways to help the media sector, taking into account the fact that a large number of reporters are self-employed or work part-time.
Media have an important role in the current circumstances because with their professional approach they provide the public with timely information and contribute to the fight against misinformation and fake news, the ministry says.