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Alert created on: 18 May 2020 n° 59/2020 Slovenia

Prime Minister Janez Janša Denigrates Journalists

Source of threatState
CategoryHarassment and intimidation of journalists
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 IPI
Partner EFJ/IFJ Article 19 IPI
On 11 May 2020, the Prime Minister of Slovenia, Janez Janša, published a statement on the government's official website, in which he blames the journalists in general: "The professional group in western civilisation that first declared itself the seventh power, then the fourth (unelected) branch of power and finally the moral judge of political correctness, is increasingly difficult to recognise today as a force for good, for they are neither." Turning specifically to Slovenian media, Janša singles out the public broadcaster RTV Slovenija, referred to as a "media killer". He accuses the country's two main television channels to feed "an atmosphere of intolerance and hatred (...) created by a narrow circle of female editors with familial and capital ties to the pillars of the deep state".
The Slovenian Association of Journalists (DNS) issued a statement condemning such "an upgrade of systematic and increasingly deliberate attacks on the media and journalists".
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