Wednesday, 28 October 2020

The Minister of Culture and Media, Nina Obuljen Koržinek, expects that the proposal for a new Law on Electronic Media will be presented at the Government session in two weeks. After that, the legal proposal will be sent to the Parliament.

“The draft bill passed a public consultation that lasted until March 5 and due to the circumstances caused by the pandemic was not sent earlier for further procedure. The proposed Law on Electronic Media will transpose the provisions of the revised Directive on audio-visual media services regarding the changing situation on the market into the national legislation of the Republic of Croatia” stated the Ministry of Culture and Media reports, reports Jutarnji list.

The proposed law is very unpopular with the public, especially media houses, but in the process of public consultation during which more than 600 remarks were made, i.e. proposals to improve the law, of which many proposals were rejected in their entirety. Some of them were crucial for media publishers.

“The proposed new Law on Electronic Media differs significantly from the current one, and in general the Association of Newspaper Publishers of HUP estimates that it makes the work of providers of electronic publications significantly more difficult. This actually jeopardizes the freedom and independence of the media, which is their primary task in accordance with the provisions of the Media Act. The Law on Media prescribes what media freedom means, what is the role of the media and what are the limitations of the media. These restrictions have been significantly tightened with this proposal to amend the Electronic Media Act. Publishers see the biggest problem in prescribing publishers' liability for comments. Namely, for the first time, the publisher's responsibility for readers' comments is explicitly prescribed, which could consequently lead to lawsuits for damages regardless of the provisions of the Media Act,” - say in the Association of Newspaper Publishers.

Namely, Article 93 of the Law on Electronic Media proposes "the responsibility of the provider of electronic publications for the entire content, including that generated by the user". In other words, editors and media owners can also be punished for a comment, for example, for comments that incite violence, which are published below journalistic texts on portals, and most often by anonymous persons.

Boris Trupčević, president of the executive board of the association, adds that "when it comes to the responsibility of publishers for readers' comments, domestic publishers in the domestic market are placed in an unequal position in relation to global Internet platforms."

“Local participants are asked to practically find a solution to problems that even global giants fail to solve. Paradoxically, the outcome of such a solution could be a ban on commenting and indirect additional strengthening of global platforms,” says Trupčević.

 

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The EU executive has sounded a warning shot to Croatia over the development of 5G technology in the country. In a recent interview with EURACTIV, the EU made it clear that any member states who had yet to introduce 5G networks in at least one major city would be in breach of European Union law. Online casinos are set to benefit the most as the adoption of 5G and mobile technologies is critical to their operations. However, the boost to the digital casino sector could also permeate throughout Croatia’s economy and help others.

Digital Casinos & Other Online Businesses

The development of mobile technologies is bound to help all online businesses since fifth-generation software is more powerful, reliable and wide-reaching than WiFi. Online casinos stand to gain the most from the news the EU is pushing Croatia’s leaders to act, since greater adoption of high-speed internet means a greater pool of gamers. Apart from the likes of online scratchcards and casino games which are optimised for mobile play being quicker to run, a lot of other online services, such as video and music, will be easier to view or download as a direct knock-on effect. This is because the technology will allow better access to all online companies, democratizing business. As a result, companies should experience a broader reach and fewer obstacles, encouraging the eCommerce industry to flourish.

Digital Nomads

Digital Nomads are people who only require a fast internet connection to work. Obviously, a boost to Croatia’s internet infrastructure will allow them to earn money regardless of their location, and this will be the case once 5G pioneer frequencies are assigned to operators. Croatia is expected to be a welcoming home for them because the requirement to get on board with the EU’s 5G Action Plan is twinned with the Foreigners Act. The FA is a proposal that is aimed at tourists, particularly those who plan on traveling and earning money in the country. The act on its own might not be enough for millennial nomads; however, the fact that online casinos and other big businesses are adopting 5G will make fifth-gen software less avoidable and hopefully extend its permeation, which could lead to freelancers using Croatia as their work base.

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Digital Citizens

Unfortunately, the internet capabilities in Croatia aren’t up to the same standard as the rest of Europe, yet it’s not as if the demand is lower. Internet traffic in Q2 increased by 50% compared to the same period in 2019. Data traffic for mobile phones was 58% higher in April this year relative to April 2019. However, outages are common, with Hrvatski Telekom encountering a major problem that led to telecommunication shortages at the beginning of October. The good news for Croatian citizens is that the advancement of 5G capabilities should limit future downtime and bring the nation up to speed with local demand.

Several groups will benefit from the EU’s 5G Action Plan, but it might be Croatia itself that profits the most.

 

Peter Greenberg, a multiple Emmy award winner, editor-in-chief of CBS Travel, renowned investigative journalist and top tourist expert, is staying in Dubrovnik from October 24 to 27, where he will be filming one of the most successful American travel shows "The Travel Detective". This is a guest appearance realized in cooperation between the Croatian Tourist Board and the Dubrovnik Tourist Board with one of the most popular and most watched American TV channels PBS, on which this famous show is broadcast.

"Maintaining visibility, but also the targeted promotion of Croatia as an attractive and safe tourist destination is extremely important in these circumstances. I am sure that the effects of the show will be very positive and that our country, together with Dubrovnik, will be even more attractive to the millions of American as a safe and well-prepared tourist destination", said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board, Kristjan Staničić.

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The well-known presenter and journalist was greeted by the director of the Dubrovnik Tourist Board, Ana Hrnić, who welcomed him and emphasized the importance of promoting Dubrovnik on the American market. "Recording a show of this kind is extremely important for our promotion in the very important American market, and we hope that the improvement of the epidemiological situation in the future will increase the number of American tourists. The ASTA conference will be held in the city in December, which is an important step for tourism due to the crisis, and we believe that maintaining this conference is an optimistic and strong message to the entire travel industry," concluded Hrnić.

The show "The Travel Detective" is shown in the regular program of PBS non-commercial television, which in addition to the national program has 300 local TV programs with 70 million regular viewers, and their websites receive more than 15 million monthly visits.

In addition to the television show, "passenger detective" Greenberg will record radio shows for the CBS radio network, which has more than a thousand stations across the United States, during his four-day stay in Dubrovnik. In these shows, Greenberg, together with his guests, will participate in numerous activities and cover various topics from history, culture, art and gastronomy, and will visit many famous attractions, such as the city walls, the oldest quarantine Lazareta, the island of Lokrum, and the Pelješac peninsula where they will taste famous wines and oysters from Mali Ston.

 

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Lastovo has 760 inhabitants and since the beginning of the pandemic, there has not been a single confirmed case of Covid-19 infection. Whereas the nearby island of Mljet has recorded cases this island in the Adriatic has successfully avoided the pandemic with absolutely no Covid-19 cases recorded, reports Slobodna Dalmacija.

In times of infections and diseases islands are either the best place to be, or the worst place to be, either nobody is infected or everyone is, and on Lastovo it seems like the best place to be. And although Lastovo is located inside the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which has a relatively low level of infection, the island is actually closer to the Split-Dalmatia County, with regular ferry lines. And the Split-Dalmatia County has one of the worst infection rates in the country.

"We have no concrete explanations why no case of Covid-19 has been recorded on the island all this time," confirmed Margaret Hropić, the head of the Lastovo Crisis Station.

"We had a busy summer, a lot of tourists, people live the same as in all other areas. People both violate and respect the measures, there is simply no special behaviour that we practice in our community. We live like the rest of the world. We are a closed environment, maybe our collective immunity is stronger," Hropić commented for Slobodna Dalmacija.

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50 kilometres of sea self-isolation - Photo Mark Thomas 

The report also cites the comment of one of the largest entrepreneurs on Lastovo, Marčelin Simić, the owner of a restaurant and marina, which reportedly had a busy summer with yacht arrivals. “There are few people on the whole island on 50 square kilometres. There are another 50 kilometres of water around us, our whole island is a big self-isolation. We were careful when going to the mainland, we were careful on the ferry and catamaran. I take care of my neighbour and every person on the island. Because when I take care of them, I take care of everything and myself,” commented Simić.

The island belongs to the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, which has recorded 1,193 cases of Covid-19 since the pandemic began. However, Lastovo is connected daily with ferry lines to Split, which is the administrative centre of the Split-Dalmatia County, where 6,063 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed so far, of which 84 patients have died.

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In the last 24 hours, 828 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded, and the number of active cases in Croatia today is a total of 10,919, the National Headquarters announced.

There are currently 864 people in hospital across Croatia and 65 people on ventilators. Unfortunately, over the last 24-hour period 15 people have passed away due to the virus.

Since February 25, 2020, when the first case of infection was recorded in Croatia, a total of 37,208 people have been infected with the new coronavirus, of which 452 have died, a total of 25,837 people have recovered, of which 1,038 recovered in the last 24 hours.

There are currently 26,730 people in self-isolation.

To date, a total of 449,541 people have been tested, of which 3,973 in the last 24 hours.

 

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In the last 24 hours, 3 new cases of Covid-19 infection have been recorded in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County. These are two women from Dubrovnik (for one an established connection) and one female from Konavle (established connection).

On a positive note 16 people across the county made a full recovery - 13 from Dubrovnik, 2 from Metković and 1 from Ston.

19 people tested positive for coronavirus are currently hospitalized in the Dubrovnik General Hospital. In the last 24 hours, 149 samples were processed, and since the beginning of the pandemic, a total of 18,244 samples have been analysed.

There are 812 people in self-isolation, and no violation of the self-isolation measure has been recorded in the last 24 hours.

 

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Dubrovnik played host to the popular American CBS radio show “Eye on Travel” this weekend and The Dubrovnik Times contributed to the show. One of the leading travel journalists in the world, Peter Greenberg, who hosts the radio show and is the CBS News Travel Editor recorded his weekly broadcast from the Hotel Excelsior in Dubrovnik.

Peter Greenberg, known in the industry as The Travel Detective, is the host of Eye on Travel, a three-hour weekend radio program. The show is broadcast from a different place each week, ranging from major cities, to remote locations around the world. The program, now in its 20th season, is distributed by CBS Radio, and features local guests speaking about the destination, call-in listeners and global newsmakers.

And The Dubrovnik Times played a small part in the travel show with the editor Mark Thomas answering tough travel questions about the city and giving his opinion on what the future holds for Dubrovnik and the tourism industry.

Greenberg, who is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, also spoke to a whole host of imminent guests from all walks of life in the city, from culture to politics and of course tourism and travel. And Greenberg has a unique insight into the country and is a regular visitor. In fact, The Dubrovnik Times caught up with Greenberg that last time he was here in 2018.

And the US travel expert seemed more than happy to be able to bring his show to Dubrovnik as due to the Covid-19 pandemic he has spent most of the last few hours in New York unable to travel.

The Dubrovnik version of Eye on Travel is set to be broadcast in the US at the end of this month.

 

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On Sunday, 2,421 new cases of Covid-19 virus infection were recorded in Croatia, and the number of active cases reached a total of 11,144. Among them, 825 patients are in hospital, of which 58 are on a respirator.

The National Civil Protection Headquarters has adopted new measures given the current epidemiological situation in Croatia, reports N1.

On Sunday, the Minister of Health, Vili Beroš, announced, if necessary, the mobilization of the Zagreb Arena as a secondary centre for the care of patients with a mild to initial medium clinical situation. Doctors and nurses from other health facilities would be diverted to the Arena, and more than 1,000 beds could be set up.

"The main challenge is the health care system and its potential overload," Beros said. He said there were 825 people on hospital treatment on Saturday, 153 were admitted and 65 were discharged, 58 patients are on a respirator. "Every day we monitor the situation in the Dubrava Hospital, which is now the mainstay for the admission of patients. They have a total of 226 hospitalized, 26 more than yesterday, and 11 patients were discharged. In this regard, we are adjusting further, we have set priorities," said Beros.

 

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The continuing growth in the number of new cases of Covid-19 across Croatia has led the Civil Protection Directorate to take action. These new Covid-19 measure include limiting the number of people allowed at gatherings, restricting the times at which gatherings can be held and also banning the sale of alcohol from midnight.

Inspectors and police will be in charge of making sure that these measures are followed.

The new measures are as follows -

- ban on holding all public events and gatherings where more than 50 people are in one place

- a maximum of 30 people can be present at wedding ceremonies

- a maximum of thirty people may be present at funerals, last farewells and urn layings

- a maximum of 15 people can be present at other private ceremonies

- sports competitions can only be held without spectators

- public events, gatherings and ceremonies of all kinds can last up to 10.00pm, except for wedding ceremonies which can last up to midnight

- gatherings and ceremonies held in catering facilities may last until the end of the working hours of that catering facility determined by the decision of the Civil Protection Headquarters of the Republic of Croatia on temporary regulation of work and limitation of working hours of catering facilities and other catering services

- the obligation to submit notifications on the holding of all public events, gatherings and ceremonies at which the arrival of more than 30 persons is expected to the competent service of the Directorate of Civil Protection

- the obligation to keep written records of participants in all public events, gatherings and ceremonies attended by more than 15 people

- ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages in the period from 00.00 to 6.00

- mandatory use of face masks or medical masks outdoors when it is not possible to maintain a physical distance of at least 1.5 meters

- mandatory use of face masks or medical masks when entering and staying in cemeteries

Measures are determined for a period of 14 days.

 

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November might be banging on the door and indeed the weather forecast wasn’t so positive but this Sunday turned out just glorious in Dubrovnik. Warm sunshine poured down on the city and the Adriatic glinted in the background.

Even though rain and clouds were forecast for most of the day the sun shone for most of the day. Highs reached a pleasant 22 degrees and the Adriatic Sea was also an inviting 22 degrees. A handful of swimmers and sunbathers took advantage of the stable and warm weather and relaxed on the Banje beach with its views over the historic Old City of Dubrovnik.

The calm and warm weather should continue at least tomorrow with Tuesday looking more unsettled, but you never know swimming season might continue into November.

Check out our gallery of the sunshine in Dubrovnik this morning and we hope the weather is as nice wherever you are in the world.

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