Slobodna Dalmacija

Slobodna Dalmacija (lit.'Free Dalmatia, where Free is an adjective') is a Croatian daily newspaper published in Split.

Slobodna Dalmacija
Slobodna Dalmacija Logo.svg
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Hanza Media
PublisherHanza Media
EditorSandra Lapenda-Lemo
FoundedJune 17, 1943; 79 years ago (1943-06-17)
HeadquartersHrvatske mornarice 4
Circulation37,000 (2010)[1]
ISSN0350-4662 Edit this at Wikidata

The first issue of Slobodna Dalmacija was published on 17 June 1943 by Tito's Partisans in an abandoned stone barn[2] on Mosor, a mountain near Split, while the city was occupied by the Italian army. The paper was later published in various locations until Split was liberated on 26 October 1944. From the following day onward, Slobodna Dalmacija has been published in Split.

Although it was originally viewed as a strictly Dalmatian regional newspaper, during the following decades Slobodna Dalmacija, grew into one of the largest and most widely read daily newspapers of Yugoslavia, with its circulation reaching a zenith in the late 1980s. Slobodna Dalmacija owed much of that success to its humour section. Many of the most popular Croatian humourists, like Miljenko Smoje, Đermano Ćićo Senjanović and the trio that later founded the Feral Tribune, began their careers there.[citation needed]

Another reason for this success was the editorial policy of Joško Kulušić, who used the decline of Communism to allow the paper to become a forum for new political ideas. In the early 1990s Slobodna Dalmacija established a reputation as the newspaper with the most politically diverse group of columnists - from the extreme left to the extreme right.[citation needed]

In 1992, the government initiated proceedings against the paper, which would ultimately result in one of the most notorious scandals in recent Croatian history. Slobodna Dalmacija was privatised, which resulted in Miroslav Kutle, a Zagreb businessman, becoming the new owner. After a brief attempt to prevent the handover by strike, the paper was formally taken over in March 1993.[citation needed]

After the war ended in 1995, Slobodna Dalmacija was faced with serious financial problems. In the late 1990s the newspaper was again taken over by the government. However, it retained its distinctively hard-line nationalist stance, even during the first year of Prime Minister Ivica Račan's left-of-center government.[citation needed]

In May 2005 Slobodna Dalmacija was reprivatised again. This time it was sold to Europapress Holding, making it a sister paper of Jutarnji list. In 2014 it was bought by Marijan Hanžeković along with EPH and became more of a right-wing newspaper. There have been situations where left oriented journalist were forbidden to write what they want (such as Damir Pilić in 2015) and some were fired (such as Boris Dežulović).


  • 1943–44: Šerif Šehović
  • 1944–45: Neven Šegvić
  • 1945–46: Petar Šegvić
  • 1946–47: Antun Maštrović
  • 1947–49: Božidar Novak
  • 1949: Branko Karadžole
  • 1949–51: Vladimir Pilepić
  • 1951: Igor Radinović
  • 1951–53: Igor Pršen
  • 1955–57: Nikola Disopra
  • 1957–65: Sibe Kvesić
  • 1965–73: Hrvoje Baričić
  • 1973–78: Marin Kuzmić
  • 1982–83: Joško Franceschi
  • 1983–93: Joško Kulušić
  • 1993–94: Dino Mikulandra
  • 1994–96: Josip Jović
  • 1996–97: Krunoslav Kljaković
  • 1997–98: Miroslav Ivić
  • 1998–2000: Olga Ramljak
  • 2000–01: Josip Jović
  • 2001–05: Dražen Gudić
  • 2005–08: Mladen Pleše
  • 2008–10: Zoran Krželj
  • 2010–14: Krunoslav Kljaković
  • 2014–17: Ivo Bonković
  • 2017–21: Jadran Kapor
  • 2021–present: Sandra Lapenda-Lemo


  1. ^ "Večernjak u minusu, Jutarnji i 24 sata u plusu". (in Croatian). 2 August 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Znate li kako sada izgleda objekt u kojem je na Mosoru tiskan prvi broj Slobodne Dalmacije?". (in Croatian). 20 January 2019. Retrieved 6 February 2020.

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