Novosti (Croatia)

For other uses of the term, see Novosti.
Editor-in-chief Ivica Đikić
Categories Politics, current affairs
Frequency Weekly
Circulation 8,000
Publisher Serb National Council
First issue December 1999
Country Croatia
Based in Zagreb
Language Croatian, Serbian
ISSN 1845-8955

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 promoting human rights and dealing with issues related to the ethnic identity and the participation of Serbs of Croatia in the Croatian society at large.[1] 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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[2] Since its first issue the magazine adopted a policy of linguistic pluralism and featured articles written in both Croatian and Serbian languages, and offered a mix of sections printed in Latin and Cyrillic scripts.[3] However, its circulation was limited to subscribers and was not widely available in newsstands for the first ten years of its existence.[4]

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.[3] 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.[3]

As of December 2009 its circulation is 8,000.[4] Its editor-in-chief is Ivica Đikić, formerly of Novi list daily.


Magazine is known for nonobjectivity, offensiveness and occasional mockery of Croatian symbols. On 23 September 2010, during military exercise above Slunj, two fighter aircraft type MiG-21 of Croatian Air Force and Air Defence have fallen down due to technical failure. Not long after incident, Novosti published edition on whose front page was written: "Obadva, obadva su pala!" ("Both of two, both of two have fallen!"), which is mocking with legendary phrase of Croatian soldiers after shooting down of Serbian military aircraft during Serbian attack on Croatian town Šibenik in the Croatian War of Independence.[5] On 7 August 2015, few days after military parade in Zagreb on which were presented newly acquired howitzer PzH 2000, Novosti published article in which was mocked text of Croatian anthem.[6] By this criminal act, magazin withal broke the Law on coat of arms, flag and anthem of the Republic of Croatia and flag and sash of the President of the Republic of Croatia.



  1. 1 2 "About SNV". Serb National Council. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  2. 1 2 "O Novostima". Novosti (in Croatian). Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  3. 1 2 3 "Srpski tjednik Novosti od početka prosinca na kioscima". Internet Monitor (in Croatian). 17 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  4. 1 2 "Srpske "Novosti" od prosinca u slobodnoj prodaji na hrvatskim kioscima". (in Croatian). 17 November 2009. Retrieved 30 January 2011.
  5. "Tjednik srpske manjine o nesreći hrvatskih MiG-ova: "Oba su pala"". Hrvatski Tjednik. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  6. "PUPOVČEVE NOVOSTI BRUTALNO ISPRDALE HRVATSKU HIMNU: 'Lijepa naša haubico'". Retrieved 13 August 2015.
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