Preliminary financial reports on campaign expenses of candidates in the second round of presidential elections in Croatia again do not reflect the real costs of advertising on social networks.
Before Dubravka Šuica takes over the duty as a vice-president of European Commission and becomes commissioner for demography and democracy, Gong finds crucial that she comes forward about the content of her mandate. During hearings of candidates for EU Commissioners Ms Šuica should be asked these questions:
The data from the SEC financial reports and the social media reports for the European Parliament election show that the amount spent, which Gong warned about even before the election, is not possible to precisely define and it is necessary to more clearly regulate political advertising on social media and digital platforms
The election campaign for the European Parliament in 2019 was the first election campaign in which we have had a somewhat better insight into a political advertisement on social media, especially on Facebook. In accordance to the promise of increasing transparency in advertising which Facebook has given to the European Union, the campaign has provided the public several tools for better understanding of targeted political ads. However, these tools are new, some of the policies are practised inconsistently and it is not quite clear what are the consequences for those who don't follow the advertising rules.
In the run up to the campaign for the European Parliament election, Gong gives some recommendations for the public authority bodies to minimise the threats to the democracy on the internet. They are the result of discussions from the international conference and the expert forum organised by Gong at the beginning of February. They give answers to 4 main risks concerning the election in the digital age.
As an organisation that advocates transparency, Gong calls on the Catholic Church, the biggest religious group in the Republic of Croatia, to publicly issue its annual financial reports.
In light of the shocking news that Jan Kuciak was likely killed as a result of his work as an investigative journalist and whose freedom of information requests may have been passed to the subject of his inquiry, we the undersigned, are calling on the EU for immediate action to safeguard journalists exercising the right of access to information.
We bring you an open letter sent to all Heads of State and Government of the European Union by the Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), on behalf of 52 organizations having signed it, to ask that the Trade Secrets Protection Directive, due to be examined during the next Agriculture Council on May 17, is further amended before its final approval to protect crucial freedoms and rights.
In an effort to facilitate access to information concerning public authorities via the Internet and to contribute to transparency and responsibility toward citizens, the Programme for Croatia and GONG NGOs on Tuesday presented a new Internet platform - ImamoPravoZnati.org where citizens can search, in three steps, information concerning 6,000 public bodies.
Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic said that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) was in Croatia's interest, criticising an interpellation of 21 Croatian members of parliament regarding the matter of this trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union and the United States.