Croatian TV apologises for misrepresentation of independence march

President Andrzej Duda, prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and representatives of the government and the Polish Army took part in the state-sponsored independence day march. Photo: PAP/Paweł Supernak

The Croatian public television channel HTV broadcast an apology for misrepresenting last Sunday’s independence march under the patronage of president Andrzej Duda, in which it called the march a “gathering of nationalists and the far-right.” The apology was issued following an intervention by the Polish ambassador to Croatia.

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The HTV channel broadcast its news service last Sunday, which presented the president’s independence march and showed a part of the president’s speech on the day along with information that it was a “gathering of extremists who demand ethnic cleansing in Poland.”

The Polish ambassador to Croatia Andrzej Jasionowski demanded the station to redact the false information, calling the material “manipulation impossible to accept.”

“President Andrzej Duda, prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki and representatives of the government and the Polish Army took part in the state-sponsored march. Not one word was mentioned that the march was organised by the Polish authorities,” the ambassador wrote.

“Around 250,000 people from all over Poland took part in the march, including families with children, war veterans and civilian participants of the fights for freedom from German occupation, who fought with fascism and nazism during WWII. I would be grateful if you would correct this information,” he added.

“At the head of the march on the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its independence were the highest representatives of state, who were mistakenly presented by us as participants of a separate march in which members of the far-right were taking part. Both of the marches were divided by a police cordon. In the title of the piece on the march we said it was a gathering of nationalists, which is at odds with the truth. We apologise once again,” said the Croatian newsreader Goran Brozović before the cameras.

"A mistake was made, caused by the use of unverified sources and an abbreviation of the news," he explained.

Last Sunday’s independence day saw around a quarter of a million people take part in marches through Poland’s capital city without major incident noted by the police or security services.

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