Slovenia: MFRR partners seriously concerned over proposed changes to public service media

The International Press Institute (IPI), as part of the Media Freedom Rapid Response (MFRR) expresses serious concern over proposed amendments to laws governing public service media in Slovenia.

In a letter to Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša and Culture Minister Vasko Simonit, the MFRR partners said the package of three media laws had the “potential to financially weaken the public broadcaster and allow far greater government control over the management of public service media”.

The letter calls on Slovenia to “apply to brakes” to the proposed changes, at the very least pending extensive further consultation and substantial revisions. “It is clear that major changes to these proposals are needed to safeguard the independence and public-interest reporting of public service media in Slovenia”, the letter concludes.