Agency for Electronic Media

The Agency for Electronic Media (AEM) is an independent regulatory body that promotes public interest and media pluralism, justifies public trust through professional and transparent activities, encourages media literacy, creates conditions for the production of quality Croatian audiovisual content and ensures equal conditions for media development and media freedom.

The Agency was established in accordance with the provisions of the Electronic Media Act. The bodies of the Agency are the Director of the Agency and the Electronic Media Council, which is the governing body of the Agency. The Agency performs administrative, professional and technical tasks for the Council.

The President of the Electronic Media Council is also the Director of the Agency, and he is appointed by the Croatian Parliament. The Director of the Agency represents, represents and manages the Agency, and is responsible for the work of the internal units of the Agency.

The following internal units have been established to perform tasks within the scope of the Agency: The Office of the Director, the Department for Supervision and Analysis of Media Content, the Department for Management and Financing and the Legal Department.

The Agency for Electronic Media actively cooperates with other public and state bodies in its daily activities. Cooperation at the international level is also significant. In addition to membership in all relevant international regulatory networks (ERGA, EPRA, MNRA, CERF), the Council and the Agency actively participate in the work of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Communication Networks, Content and Technology (DG Connect), in line with the Audiovisual Media Services Directive.

In their work, the Agency and the Council pay particular attention to respect for human dignity, the protection of minors and the prevention of incitement and / or promotion of programs which spread hatred or discrimination based on race, sex, religion or nationality

Media research

Media Research is the first Croatian journal for journalism and the media. Its aim is to promote the theory of journalism by stimulating various type of research in the media. The Journal is indexed in Sociological Abstracts (SA), Linguistic and Language Behavior Abstracts (LLBA) and Social Planning/Policy & Development Abstracts (SOPODA), Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE), SCOPUS and it is listed in The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Articles published in Media Research are available in the open access data base HRČAK – The Portal of Scientific Journals of Croatia (MZOS, Srce i HIDD; The journal has the further aim of becoming a forum for the presentation and exchange of different national experiences in the media, theoretichal schools and concepts and of new media phenomena.

Since the journal’s beginning in 1995 up to today, we have published several hundred scientific papers, theoretical or empirical research of authors from all over the world. Next to Croatian authors, we have published authors from Australia, USA, Netherlands, France, Sweden, Poland, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Spain, Hungary, Czech Republic and Belgium. We developed the internationalization of our journal especially through partnership with international European projects COST A20 “Digital Radio Cultures in Europe – The Impact of the Internet on the Mass Media in Europe”, COST A30 „East of West: setting a New Central and Eastern European Media Research Agenda”, COST Action IS0906 „Transforming Audiences, Transforming Societies“. In regards to the above mentioned and other projects, we have published a series of thematic issues edited by guest editors: Ethics and Media; Interactive Publishing; New Media Agenda: For a European Media Policy in Croatia; Photography as a Medium: Images of a War; Dilemmas of Contemporary Journalism; Media and the Public Interest; Gender, Sexuality and Socialist Popular Culture; International Journalistic Ideology in the Context of National Traditions of Journalism; Participatory Journalism.


Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

In 1860, Josip Juraj Strossmayer, bishop of Đakovo and Srijem, took action to found a South Slavic Academy in Zagreb. The Academy issue was officially raised by Bishop Strossmayer at the Croatian Parliament session held on 29 April 1861. (today THE DAY OF THE CROATIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES AND ARTS) Following the bishop’s proposal, the Parliament immediately elected a committee to draw up a statute for the Academy, and define its aims and organization. It was only five years later, on 4 March 1866, that the rules of the Academy, in a considerably changed form, were finally confirmed by Francis Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary. These remained unchanged until the beginning of World War II. During the existence of the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945), the name of the Academy was changed to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts; in the Socialist Republic of Croatia it resumed its activities under the former name of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts.

After the establishment of the independent and democratic Republic of Croatia, a bill concerning the Croatian Academy was proposed by the Academy. The new Croatian Academy Act was passed by the Croatian Parliament on 26 June 1991, confirming the importance of all the activities of the highest institution of sciences and arts in the Republic of Croatia.

Although the first act concerning the founding of the Academy in Zagreb was passed by the Croatian Parliament as soon as in 1861, its establishment was actually ratified only when its rules, which had been proposed by the Croatian Parliament in changed form as required by the Austrian authorities, were confirmed by the Emperor in his letter of 4 March 1866. After that, the Parliament proposed the first sixteen members of the Academy. In this way, the Academy was finally constituted, both actually and legally. Bishop Strossmayer was elected patron of the Academy, and Franjo Rački, a distinguished Croatian historian, its first president.

Under Strossmayer and Rački, the Academy became an eminent institution of learning, which collaborated with well-established European academies. Strossmayer called the Academy Yugoslav (meaning ‘Southern Slav’) because he wanted to promote the development of sciences and culture of all the South Slavic nations, including the Bulgarians. The Academy in Zagreb, however, has always been Croatian in its membership and its activities. Besides, soon after the foundation of the Zagreb Academy, the Serbian and Bulgarian Academies were established, so that the idea that the Academy in Zagreb was an institution which could bring together all the South Slavic nations became impracticable. All the publishing activities of Zagreb’s Academy have been primarily and permanently focused on the study of Croatian history, culture, language, and natural heritage.

Franjo Rački, the first president of the Academy, was an excellent organizer of scientific work. He initiated and edited a number of the Academy’s editions and publications. The first issue of the scholarly periodical Rad (Monographs) was published already in 1867. All of the Academy’s departments contributed to this periodical until its sixtieth issue in 1882. After that, several departments began to publish their own series of Rad. With 496 volumes published up to the present day, it is the largest series among the Academy’s publications.

 The Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts has organized over one hundred scientific meetings and conferences, evaluating works of important Croats throughout history. In addition, it has organized a number of symposia focusing on the history and economic development of Croatian regions, cities and towns, as well as on the problems of Croatia’s development.