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Resolved
Alert created on: 02 Apr 2015 Slovenia

Slovenian Investigative Journalist Anuška Delić Charged over “Intelligence Material”

Source of threatState
CategoryOther acts having chilling effects on media freedom
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Partner EFJ/IFJ
Anuška Delić, an investigative reporter for Delo, a leading Slovenian daily, has been charged with publishing classified state intelligenc and faces up to three years in prison. In 2011, Anuška Delić wrote a series of articles, just before the Slovenian parliamentary elections, in which exposed alleged connections between the Slovenian neo-Nazi group Blood & Honour and members of the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS). The Slovenian Intelligence and Security Agency (SOVA) claimed that information Delić used had been illegally obtained from its files. Anuška Delić is accused of violating Article 260 of the Slovenian Criminal Code on the dissemination of classified information and was formally charged in April 2013. The EFJ and its affiliate, the Slovenian Association of Journalists, have urged prosecutors to drop the charges against Anuška Delić. Both organisations believe that journalists should be protected from criminal liability for publishing information of public interest, regardless of whether or not it has been leaked to them.
Resolved
: On 20 October 2015, the Act amending Article 260 of the Slovenian Criminal Code entered into force. According to the amended Article, an individual disclosing classified information no longer incurs criminal liability provided that the public interest in disclosure outweighs that maintaining its confidentiality.On 15 December 2015, the partner organisations to the Platform declared this case to be ”resolved”, concluding it was no longer an active threat to media freedom.
Updates
19 Oct 2015
Slovenia adopted a new article 260 of the Penal Code (Disclosure of classified information). This provision entered into force following publication in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, on 20 July 2015.
13 Apr 2015
Slovenia drops charges against investigative journalist Anuška Delić
State replies
15 Dec 2015
On 20 October 2015, the Act amending article 260 of the Slovenian Criminal Code entered into force. According the amended article, an individual disclosing classified information does no longer incur criminal liability provided that public interest in disclosing classified information outweighs that in maintaining its secrecy.
21 May 2015
Government approves the draft amendments to the Criminal Code
13 Apr 2015
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