Parliament asked to probe allegations of government pressure on news media

first_imgNews SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Parliament asked to probe allegations of government pressure on news media SloveniaEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today called on the Slovenian parliament to appoint a commission to investigate serious allegations that the government and Prime Minister Janez Jansa have been censoring and harassing the news media – allegations that are the subject of a petition signed by more that 500 journalists, a fifth of Slovenia’s media professionals.“The news media’s editorial independence is crucial for a society’s well-being,” the organisation said. “If the government really has used financial and commercial pressure to influence media content, as it is alleged, this would be a serious press freedom violation.”Reporters Without Borders added: “An investigation into these claims is all the more urgent as Slovenia will take over the European Union’s rotating presidency on 1 January.”The petition, launched by Matej Surc of Slovenian public radio and Blaz Zgaga of the daily Vecer and backed by the Association of Slovenian Journalists (DNS), was submitted with 570 signatures to parliamentary speaker France Cukjati in Ljubljana on 16 October. It has also been sent to the European Union.The government denies the allegations and says it is aware of the importance of press freedom and media diversity for the development of democracy. RSF_en March 16, 2021 Find out more May 21, 2021 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Follow the news on Slovenia to go further Six press freedom NGOs ask the European Commission to respond publicly to Slovenian Prime Minister’s attacks on the media News October 18, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 June 2, 2021 Find out more News Public media independence under threat in the Czech Republic and Slovenia Organisation Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Newslast_img

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