LJUBLJANA – Janša vs national press agency

The Slovenian Press Agency (STA) has expressed indignation at Prime Minister Janez Janša’s tweet in which he described the agency as a “national disgrace, an evident abuse of the name it carries”.

“Such a way of labelling the work of STA journalists is inadmissible, unsubstantiated and far from the attitude one would expect from a prime minister”, wrote the STA.

“It’s not true, but it is. The Prime Minister. Against the state media. Shame,” MEP Tanja Fajon, president of Slovenia’s Social Democrats, reacted on Twitter:

Janša reacted to a tweet by Jože Biščak, editor of weekly Demokracija, close to Janša’s SDS party, who said that an interview with rapper Zlatko had more readers than the recent story about the Cirkovce-Pince project.

In response, STA wrote: “Evaluating the quality of journalistic work on the basis of counting the number of readers, which was the basis for Prime Minister Janez Janša’s response on Twitter, is anything but a professional criterion.”

It seems possible that the prime minister’s anger is directed at STA’s story about a meeting between him and President Borut Pahor, where the prime minister “defended criticism of the judiciary’s work”. Yet, in the first version it was written that Janša “defended political attacks on the judiciary”. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)

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