Based on Articles 11 and 37 of the Associations Act (Narodne Novine/Official Gazette No. 88/01), the General Assembly of the Croatian Sports Journalists Association adopted the following Bylaws at the meeting held on 2 July 2003.

B Y L A W S
OF THE CROATIAN SPORTS JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION


I INTRODUCTORY PROVISIONS

 

Article 1
The Croatian Sports Journalists Association (hereinafter: Association) is an association of journalists on the territory of the Republic of Croatia.

 

Article 2
The Association shall have the capacity of a legal person and it shall be registered at the Associations Register of the state administration body in charge.

 

Article 3
The Association shall be active on the territory of the Republic of Croatia. Its seat shall be in Zagreb, Perkovčeva Street No.2.

 

Article 4
The full title of the Association shall be: the Croatian Sports Journalists Association
Apart from the full title, the Association shall also use its abbreviation – CSJA (HZSN in Croatian).

 

Article 5
The Association shall be represented by the Chairman. In his absence, it will be represented by the Vice-Chairman or Secretary General.
The Chairman and Secretary General shall represent the Association in all its activities.

 

Article 6
The seal of the Association shall be round, with a 30mm diameter and the following inscription: Hrvatski zbor sportskih novinara, Zagreb, Perkovčeva 2.
The stamp of the Association shall be rectangular, 50mm long and 15mm wide, and it shall contain the same inscription as the seal.

 

Article 7
The Association shall be a member of the Croatian Journalists Association and the Croatian Olympic Committee.

 

Article 8
The Association may become a member of similar international organizations, unless it is contrary to law. The decision on joining an organization shall be made by the Association’s General Assembly.

 

Article 9
The Association may establish its branches on the whole territory of the Republic of Croatia.
Decisions on the establishment of branches shall be made by the Executive Board.
Branches shall respect the provisions of these Bylaws.
Branches shall not be legal persons.
Activities and structure of branches shall be defined in Regulations issued to that effect.

 

II OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES


Article 10
The main objective of the Association shall be:
-    to express, unite and coordinate proposals, viewpoints and aspirations of its members

To meet the objectives, the Association shall:
-    contribute to professional development of CSJA members
-    contribute to the development of sports journalism, support its members in their work, take care of the responsibility of sports journalists at work by looking after their reputation and protecting their interests
-    cooperate with similar organizations
-    represent CSJA members at the national and international level
-    perform other tasks in compliance with the objectives and obligations arising from the reasons for the establishment of the Association

 

Article 11
To meet the objectives and tasks from Article 10 of these Bylaws, the Association shall cooperate with organizations, educational institutions and other professional institutions and associations in the Republic of Croatia.

 

III ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

 

Article 12
The bodies of the Association shall be: the General Assembly, the Executive Board and the Ethics Board


1 General Assembly

 

Article 13
The General Assembly shall manage the activities of the Association and it shall be the highest-ranking body of the Association.
The General Assembly shall consist of all full members of the Association.

 

Article 14
The General Assembly shall:
-    adopt and amend the Bylaws of the Association
-    define basic guidelines for the activities of the Association
-    elect and remove the Executive Board and the Ethics Board
-    elect and remove the Chairmen, the Secretary General and the Organizing Secretary
-    decide on conclusions of the Executive Board and the Ethics Board
-    set the amount of membership dues
-    decide on the dissolution of the Association

 

Article 15
The General Assembly shall convene when necessary, but at least once a year.
Election meetings of the General Assembly shall be held quadrennially.

 

Article 16
The General Assembly shall make decisions on all matters at its meetings.
The General Assembly may make valid decisions if 1/5 of the members are present. If this condition is not fulfilled, the meeting shall be postponed by half an hour, and then the General Assembly may make valid decisions if 25 members are present. The decisions shall be made by a majority of votes of the members present.

 

Article 17
General Assembly meetings shall be convened and chaired by the Chairman of the Association (hereinafter: Chairman). In case the Chairman is absent or cannot attend, the Vice-Chairman or the Secretary General shall chair the meeting.

 

Article 18
A General Assembly meeting may be convened upon a written request by 1/3 of the General Assembly members, or a request by the Executive Board. If the Chairman does not convene the meeting within 30 days, it shall be convened by the body which has proposed it within the following 30 days.

 

Article 19
The modus operandi and other matters of importance to the functioning of the General Assembly may be defined by General Assembly Rules of Procedure.


2 Executive Board

Article 20
The General Assembly shall elect an Executive Board to perform operative tasks.
Members of the Executive Board shall serve for a term of four years.
The Executive Board shall have 11 members. The CSJA Chairman and Secretary General shall be ex-officio members of the Executive Board. The other members shall be elected by secret ballot by the General Assembly from a list of candidates. The candidates may also be elected by public vote, if the members of the General Assembly decide so.

 

Article 21
The Chairman of the Association elected at a General Assembly meeting shall also hold the position of the Chairman of the Executive Board.
The Vice-Chairman shall be elected from among the members of the Executive Board at the founding meeting of the Executive Board.
The CSJA Executive Board shall appoint one of its members as a delegate to the Croatian Olympic Committee.

 

Article 22
The Executive Board shall:
-    prepare materials for the work of the General Assembly
-    implement decisions of the General Assembly
-    draw up financial plans and prepare annual statements of accounts
-    make decisions about the admission of new members to the Association
-    perform other tasks in the interest of the Association between General Assembly meetings

 

Article 23
The Executive Board shall decide on all matters at its meetings.
The Executive Board shall meet when necessary but at least once in three months.

 

Article 24
The Executive Board shall make decisions by a majority of votes of the total number of the Executive Board members present at the meeting, provided at least six (6) Executive Board members are present.

 

Article 25
Meetings shall be convened and chaired by the Chairman.
In case the Chairman is absent or cannot attend, the Vice-Chairman or Secretary General shall chair the Executive Board meeting.
A meeting may be convened upon a written request by at least four (4) members of the Executive Board. If the Chairman does not convene the meeting within 30 days from the request, it shall be convened by the members who have proposed it within the following 30 days.

 

Article 26
The Executive Board shall report to the General Assembly.
The General Assembly may remove the whole Executive Board or individual members thereof before the end of their term if they do not fulfil their obligations in accordance with the provisions of these Bylaws or with the decisions of the General Assembly.
The Executive Board or a member thereof shall be removed by the same procedure by which they have been elected.

 

Article27
For more efficient functioning of the General Assembly and the Executive Board, the Executive Board may form the following commissions:
-    International Cooperation Commission
-    Actions Commission
-    Finance & Marketing Commission
-    Journalism History Commission
-    Awards Commission
-    Publishing Commission
-    Sports History Commission
-    Statutory Issues Commission
-    Human Resources Commission
-    Press Service Commission
Furthermore, a Veterans Section (retired sports journalists), Freelance Journalists Section and Cameramen Section may operate under the Executive Board - with the same rights and obligations as all other members of the Association.
The Executive Board shall initiate the establishment of mixed (journalistic-sports) commissions and define their scope of work and authority.

 

Article 28
The Executive Board shall determine the membership, scope of work and authority of the commissions by a Decision on the Establishment of Commissions.

 

Article 29
If it deems it necessary, the Board may issue Executive Board Rules of Procedure to define more precisely the modus operandi and other matters of importance for the work of the Executive Board.

 

3 Chairman

 

Article 30
The Chairman shall be elected by the General Assembly for a term of four years.
The Chairman shall:
-    represent the Association
-    convene and chair the General Assembly and Executive Board meetings
-    sign documents issued by the General Assembly or the Executive Board
-    see to the implementation of the decisions made by the General Assembly and the Executive Board
-    perform other tasks determined by all official rules and documents of the Association

4 Secretary General and Organizing Secretary

 

Article 31
The Association shall have a Secretary General and an Organizing Secretary, who shall be elected by the General Assembly of the Association for a term of four years.

 

Article 32
The Secretary General and the Organizing Secretary shall report to the General Assembly and the Executive Board.

 

Article 33
The Secretary General and the Organizing Secretary may be removed from office before the end of their term:
-    if they fail to achieve the objectives and tasks, which they have been obliged to achieve in their term according to the decision of the General Assembly and the Executive Board
-    if by their actions they knowingly violate the Constitution, laws, Bylaws and other official documents of the Association, which might result in harmful consequences to the Association
-    in case of an unfounded refusal to implement decisions made by the General Assembly or the Executive Council
-    if by their behaviour they become inappropriate for the position of the Secretary General or Organizing Secretary
The decision on the removal of the Secretary General or Organizing Secretary shall be made by the General Assembly upon a proposal of a commission formed by the Executive Board to determine whether the motion to remove them is founded. The motion to remove the Secretary General or the Organizing Secretary may be made by the Chairman of the Association or the Ethics Board.

 

Article 34
The Secretary General or the Organizing Secretary may be removed upon their own written request. If the Secretary General or the Organizing Secretary are removed upon their own request, the Executive Board may remove them immediately or no later than six (6) months after the request has been made.

 

Article 35
The Secretary General shall:
-    represent the Association, see to the legality of work and fulfilment of legal obligations
-    be responsible for timely preparation of the General Assembly and Executive Board meeting materials
-    see to the implementation of decisions made by the General Assembly and the Executive Board
-    sign contracts and be responsible for the financial operations of the Association
-    see to informing the public about the activities of the Association
-    fulfil other obligations determined by the law and by the decisions of the General Assembly or the Executive Board

 

5 Ethics Board

 

Article 36
The Ethics Board shall have three members.
Members of the Ethics Board shall be elected by the General Assembly.
Members of the Ethics Board shall elect their Chairman at the founding meeting.
Members of the Ethics Board shall serve for a term of four years.

 

Article 37
The Ethics Board shall ensure that the rules, code of conduct and these Bylaws are consistently respected, it shall receive objections or initiate procedures against the Association's members who are suspected to have run afoul of the Association.

 

Article 38
The Ethics Board shall make valid decisions by a majority of votes of the total number of members.
The General Assembly, as the highest-ranked body, shall decide on appeals against the Ethics Board's decisions.

 

Article 39
The modus operandi and other matters of importance for the work of the Ethics Board shall be defined by The Ethics Board Rules of Procedure.

 

IV MEMBERSHIP

 

Article 40
All full-time and freelance sports journalists, regardless of race, religion, nation or political convictions, whose primary profession is sports journalism, may become members of the Association.
Part-time associates of sports media companies, who have been covering sports for at least two years, and whose primary profession is not sports journalism, may also become members of the Association.
Members can be:
1 full members, with all rights and obligations arising from the Bylaws
2 probationary members, who may not vote or be elected to CSJA bodies
The Executive Board shall decide on the members' status.
 

Article 41
Members of the Association shall have membership cards with photos.
When working as journalists, members shall be obliged to present their membership card upon request.
Membership cards shall be valid for the period of time indicated on them.

 

Article 42
Membership shall terminate upon death, resignation (by written notice), removal from membership or expulsion from the Association.
A member shall be removed from membership if he/she fails to pay membership dues for the respective membership period.
Retired journalists shall remain the Association's members with all member’s rights and obligations.
Unemployed journalists shall retain their membership in the Association until they find employment outside of journalism.

 

Article 43
A member may be removed from membership of the Association by a decision of the Executive Board.
The removed member shall have the right to appeal to the General Assembly, the decision of which shall be final.

 

Article 44
The Ethics Board shall have the power to expel from the Association any member who has gravely violated the Association's Bylaws and provisions of the journalists code of conduct.
The expelled member shall have the right to appeal to the General Assembly, the decision of which shall be final.

 


V FINANCIAL OPERATIONS

 

Article 45
The Association shall be funded by membership dues, subsidies, donations, contributions, sponsorships and publishing activities according to law, as well as from other sources.

 

Article 46
Financial operations shall be managed by the Secretary General of the Association in accordance with current regulations, and for this he shall report directly to the Chairman and the Executive Board.
Each member of the Association shall have the right to inspect documents regarding financial operations.
The Association's Chairman shall have the authority to order the execution of the financial plan of the Association.

 

VI AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

Article 47
Each year, the Association shall award sports journalists who have excelled in their work and in promotion of the journalists' profession, as well as organizations or individuals for their good cooperation with sports journalists.
The criteria shall be defined in more detail by the CSJA Awards Regulations issued by the Executive Board.

 


VII PUBLICITY OF ACTIVITIES

 

Article 48
The Association's activities shall be public.
The publicity of activities shall be achieved by:
-    timely sending discussion materials to the General Assembly representatives and other interested organizations and communities
-    informing print and other public media representatives about meetings to be held
-    informing the public about the Association's activities in other ways

 


VIII FINAL PROVISIONS

 

Article 49
These Bylaws may be amended in the same manner and by the same procedure as when they were passed.

 

Article 50
These Bylaws shall be interpreted by the General Assembly.

 

Article 51
The Association shall be dissolved:
-    by a decision of the General Assembly
-    by force of law
In the event of dissolution of the Association, all of its assets shall be transferred to the Croatian Journalists Association.

 

Article 52
These Bylaws shall come into effect on the day they are passed.

 

 

Zagreb, 2 July 2003

 

Jura Ozmec
Chairman
of the Croatian Sports Journalists Association