• To make things worse, the 2011 complaint implicated also another philosopher, Professor Pavo Barišić of the University of Split, Čović’s close colleague and associate who became the Minister of Science and Education in September 2016.
Barišić was also charged by four professors from the Department of Philosophy of plagiarizing parts of his article.
The department has always operated on international grounds; many of us participated at their conferences in the last couple of years.
I ask all those who feel solidarity with our Zagreb colleagues to sign this letter of support for keeping this good analytic philosophy department in the region.
The Croatian Society for Analytic Philosophy will be informed about our petition so that they may collect other supporting signatures from friends outside Croatia.
• Soon after the Reaccreditation Committee issued the report, a new rector of the University of Zagreb was elected: Professor Damir Boras, the former dean of the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Rector appointed as his Vice-rector a person from the same Faculty: Professor Ante Čović, a fellow philosopher.
It is not clear why the Division of Philosophy is being targeted for closure.
(If anyone among the readership knows, please share that information in the comments.) [See Update] You can sign the petition here. (via Moti Mizrahi) UPDATE 3/28/2017: See the comment from Kati Farkas below regarding an additional letter supporters can sign.• In April 2016 the Centre held the elections for the next Head (a two-year mandate), but since none of the three candidates secured a qualified majority of all members of the Council, the procedure had to be repeated.However, Rector Boras appointed Mario Grčević as the next Head of the Centre, who was beaten in the second round of elections.UPDATE: I have received some further information about the situation.One thing to note is that there are two philosophy units at Zagreb.• Rector Boras also decided to suspend the entire Council of the Centre and appoint a new one, in which there are no representatives of the Philosophy Department (many colleagues from other departments were also excluded).