Novosti (Croatia)

Novosti (Serbian Cyrillic: Новости, lit. The News) is a Croatian weekly magazine based in Zagreb. It is published by the Serb National Council (SNV), the main state-funded body concerned with promotion of human rights and dealing with issues of ethnic identity and participation of Serbs in Croatia.[2] The organization was established in July 1997 in Zagreb, based on the provisions granting the right to self-government for Serbs in Croatia as set in the Erdut Agreement.[2]

Editor-in-chiefNikola Bajto
CategoriesPolitics, current affairs (Left wing[1])
PublisherSerb National Council
First issueDecember 1999
Based inZagreb
LanguageCroatian, Serbian

The magazine, billed as an "independent Serb weekly" (samostalni srpski tjednik), describes its editorial policy as being primarily concerned with covering general news and publishing "critical writing about all the relevant political, social and cultural developments in Croatia". It also deals with issues related to the Serb community in Croatia and the development of civil society.[3]

The Novosti weekly was originally launched by SNV in December 1999 in broadsheet format as a weekly publication primarily concerned with minority politics related to Serbs of Croatia.[3] Since its first issue the magazine adopted a policy of linguistic pluralism and featured articles written in both Croatian and Serbian, and offered a mix of sections printed in Latin and Cyrillic scripts.[4] However, its circulation was limited to subscribers and was not widely available in newsstands for the first ten years of its existence.[5]

In late 2009 the magazine underwent an extensive makeover in an effort to transform it into a weekly magazine which would also appeal to the mainstream public, with more space dedicated to commentary pieces and coverage of nationally significant political and cultural events, as well as investigative journalism.[4] To that extent, the magazine hired a number of prominent columnists and intellectuals as commentators, including Viktor Ivančić (formerly of Feral Tribune), Boris Dežulović, Vladimir Arsenijević, Tomislav Jakić and Igor Mandić, and was for the first time made available for purchase at newsstands.[4]

As of December 2009 its circulation is 8,000.[5] Its editor-in-chief is Ivica Đikić, formerly of Novi list daily. Over the time magazine published interviews with Noam Chomsky,[6] Etgar Keret,[7] Zygmunt Bauman,[8] Henry Giroux,[9] Srećko Horvat,[10] Milorad Pupovac,[11] Chris Hedges,[12] Jacques Rancière,[13] Vivek Chibber,[14] Filip David,[15] Georges Wolinski,[16] Mladen Ivanić,[17] Vesna Teršelič,[18] Andrej Nikolaidis,[19] and Mirjana Karanović.[20]

In early 2019 Novosti celebrated publication of its issue number 1000 at the Croatian Journalists' Association building in Zagreb. The event was attended by Milorad Pupovac, Nadežda Čačinovič, Budimir Lončar, Ivica Đikić, Vesna Teršelič, Drago Pilsel, Hrvoje Klasić as well as ambassadors of Serbia, Slovenia and Norway in Croatia.[21]


Political satire and social commentary are integral part of Novosti editorial policy. This at some points caused strong criticism among some Croatian nationalists with dogmatic views on historical events such as Croatian War of Independence, who saw ridicule of militarism, Croatian military and national symbols as unacceptable excess of limits of freedom of speech.[22][23][24] Some of them were calling for cancellation of funding the newspapers from public money, criminal prosecution or censorship.[25] Some mainstream politicians in Croatia, including the president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović, warned the editors that they shall take care what they are writing about implicitly calling them to use self-censorship.[26][27] President stated that she consider journal satire to be inappropriate and similar to cartoons of Muhammad in foreign press such as Charlie Hebdo.[26][28] On April 4, 2017 Reporters Without Borders condemned "a campaign of lawsuits and verbal attacks that Croatian nationalist groups have been orchestrating for several months against Novosti, the newspaper of Croatia’s Serbian minority".[1] Some of the sentences published in Novosti that made part of the Croatian public feel insulted, were following:

"Asshole Croatia is a national state of assholes and their public service"[29]

"Scientists brag that they found the reason for existence of an appendix, while for Croatian sovereignty, up to this day, no one knows what it serves for, or does it even exists...".[30]

Initiators of the petition for repeal of the funding refer to the same tender criterium which enabled the funding of Novosti weekly, which states: "those who promote intolerance towards any national minority or majority, will be banned from contesting on [this] tender in period of 3 years"[30]



  1. "Croatian nationalists want Serbian minority newspaper to close". Reporters Without Borders. Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  2. "About SNV". Serb National Council. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  3. "O Novostima". Novosti (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  4. "Srpski tjednik Novosti od početka prosinca na kioscima". Internet Monitor (in Croatian). 17 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  5. "Srpske "Novosti" od prosinca u slobodnoj prodaji na hrvatskim kioscima". (in Croatian). 17 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  6. "Noam Chomsky: Trump je zastrašujuća figura". Novosti. 3 October 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  7. "Etgar Keret: Nacionalisti utjehu traže na krivim mjestima". Novosti. 19 December 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  8. "Zygmunt Bauman: Velika avantura zvana 'Evropa' još nije okončana". Novosti. 22 November 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  9. "Henry Giroux: Amerika klizi u neofašizam". Novosti. 20 November 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  10. "Srećko Horvat: Nudimo europski New deal". Novosti. 23 August 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  11. "Milorad Pupovac: Potezi predsjednice su nedopustivi i sramni". Novosti. 9 December 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  12. "Chris Hedges: Trump je morbidni simbol Amerike". Novosti. 4 July 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  13. "Jacques Rancière: Ne postoji ključ za budućnost". Novosti. 29 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  14. "Vivek Chibber Što znači 'imati pravu buržoaziju'?". Novosti. 17 June 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  15. "Filip David Zlo ima bezbroj lica". Novosti. 17 February 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  16. "Georges Wolinski Najbolji ljevičari su satiričari". Novosti. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  17. "Mladen Ivanić Mijenjat ću međunarodni imidž Republike Srpske i BiH". Novosti. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  18. "Vesna Teršelič Obespravljene su civilne žrtve rata, a ne branitelji". Novosti. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  19. "Andrej Nikolaidis Padne li Syriza, dolazi Zlatna zora". Novosti. 7 February 2015. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  20. "Mirjana Karanović: Ovaj Kusturica nije onaj kojeg sam poznavala". Novosti. 12 November 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  21. Bubalo, Slavko (27 February 2019). "Новости: новине које шире простор слободе" [Novosti: the Newspapers that Enlarge the Space of Freedom]. Izvor (in Serbian). Vukovar: Joint Council of Municipalities (212): 2–3. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  22. "Udruga Vigilare napala Novosti zbog obrade hrvatske himne". Večernji list. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  23. "Od Hrvatskog radija 3 do Hrvatskog krugovala 3". N1 TV. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  24. "Uzroci i posljedice kape sa slovom "U"". DW. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  25. "HSP podnio kaznenu prijavu protiv SNV-a, tjednika Novosti i Milorada Pupovca". Večernji list. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  26. "ODGOVOR NA PISMO: Predsjednica osudila govor mržnje, ali i napala Novosti, bivšeg premijera…". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  27. "Nikola Bajto: "Ja pjevam o haubici i domoljubni sam pjesnik"". Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  28. "Zemlja nelagode". Peščanik. Retrieved 15 January 2017.
  29. "Budite junaci pa stanite iza 'Šupačke Hrvatske'" (in Croatian). Retrieved 2017-09-06.
  30. ws_admin (2017-02-20). "Zaustavimo financiranje vrijeđanja Hrvata i Republike Hrvatske iz naših džepova!". (in Croatian). Retrieved 2017-09-06.
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