Index.hr is a Croatian news website, launched in December 2002 and based in Zagreb. The news site covers politics, business, sports, show business, and features columns covering everything from gossip to political commentary. As of 2018[update], it is the leading Croatian news website.
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|Created by||Matija Babić|
|Alexa rank||2,881 (Global, as of October 2017[update])|
|Registration||Required for some services|
|Launched||10 December 2002|
Index.hr was founded by Matija Babić and was originally designed as a news aggregation website, providing news content from Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The website quickly grew in popularity, and over time more original content produced by the growing staff was being added to the site, until it became a popular media outlet in its own right. Index.hr gained public recognition by exposing a series of scandals, the two most notable being the 2003 controversy stirred by a discovered recording of popular singer Marko Perković in which Perković publicly performed a song praising the World War II fascist Ustaše regime, and the 2004 celebrity sex tape scandal involving Severina Vučković, a pop singer. In April of 2016, The Croatian Journalists' Association condemned Index.hr's insult to believers in the article "Living Dead: Catholic necrophilic orgies are the craziest show on HRT", in which Index.hr writes offensively about the relics of St. Leopold Mandić whom the Church proclaimed saint, accusing Index.hr for hate speech. Index.hr managed to keep its place among the top-visited websites in Croatia throughout the period, and has since launched a number of additional services, such as Bloger.hr (a blogging website) and Igra.hr (a website for online flash gaming).
It also keeps avoiding paying taxes to Croatia Tax Revenue and has changed companies under which name is registered for many times.
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- "15 GODINA Povijest Indexa". Index.hr (in Croatian). Retrieved 14 June 2018.
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- "Reakcije medija na slučaj Thompson" (in Croatian). Index.hr. 31 December 2003. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
- Boršić, Zrinka (13 November 2004). "Neshvaćena duhovitost i prikrivene suze". Vjesnik (in Croatian). Archived from the original on 27 November 2004. Retrieved 11 March 2010.
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