“Janez Janša must be publicly slaughtered like a pig, there is no other solution” can be read from a hostile comment on the 24ur portal under the news, where, based on false information from non-governmental organisation (NGO), he portrays Slovenia in a bad light.
Today, the 24ur.com portal reported on the latest report by Monitor Civicus, which ranked Slovenia among the countries with a narrowed civil society space. Prior to that, it was ranked among the countries with an open civil society space according to the same organisation. As reported on 24ur.com, the lower assessment supposedly means that democratic freedoms are increasingly being violated in Slovenia, including the right to freedom of expressions, the right to peaceful assembly and association. The portal summed up the writing of Civicus by saying that the restrictions depended under the government of Janez Janša. In doing so, Civicus highlighted the suppression of media freedoms in Slovenia, including threats to journalists and the independent media. They also reported about alarming attacks on civil society organisations and groups involved in culture, human rights, media freedom, and the environment. 24.com stated that in the report they mention cycling protests, which have been taking place in Ljubljana for several weeks in a row since March 2020 in response to government repression.
Monitor Civicus, however, also mentioned that while our government has taken steps to reduce media independence, the funding for media such as Nova24TV, Nova24 Online, and Planet TV is increasing. These media are funded by parties and individuals close to Janez Janša’s close ally, the “Hungarian authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, known for suppressing independent media,” wrote in the organisation Civicus. The additionally reported that the authorities had tried to use the new coronavirus epidemic as an excuse to further restrict civil society, in particular by cutting funds and obstructing the work of environmental NGOs. Civicus found that similar restrictions on civil society and the media are occurring in other European countries. Namely in countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Serbia, where authoritarian leaders use the coronavirus epidemic as a pretext to restrict freedoms. Interesting, almost as if we were writing at the behest of our opposition, left-wing media and some NGOs.
It is interesting, how recently the foreign media and obviously also foreign organisations have an incredible amount of information about the situation in Slovenia under the government of Janez Janša. The information is, of course, distorted and often almost literally copied from some regime media and members of the opposition. Even for certain journalist, it is known quite precisely, who spreads lies outside Slovenia. Considering that the Civicus organisation is a kind of global association of NGOs, it is not difficult to find out who from Slovenia communicates with them. Perhaps this is the reason why in their report they mention 18 NGOs that are threatened on Metelkova with “forced eviction” from state-owned premises. Of course, there is no trace in the report about the reasons for this, and 24ur.com also does not explain it.
In his report, Civicus also used a number of Slovenian tweets and statements, such as the one from director of the Peace Institue, Iztok Šori, so that it could be deduced from the attached who was behind this particular case of “denunciation”. Among the contacts we can also find Brankica Petković (Peace Institute), Goran Forbici (Center for NGOs of Slovenia), and Tea Jarc (Mladi Plus). So is CNVOS, the extreme left NGO that is richly funded by the state budget, responsible for the assessment of the situation in Slovenia.
An apple of inspiration also for death treats?
And while our opposition creators of distorted truths spread lies in media like 24ur.com, expressing concern about interfering with media independence, deteriorating working conditions for journalists, and encroaching the rights of expression and socialising, apparently none of them find it problematic that the Prime Minister is being openly threatened with death. It is also difficult to understand that considering the country in which people supposedly live in, they still dare to write such threats. At some other time, perhaps in other places as well, the authors of such threats, and all those involved, would miraculously and quickly disappear. In Slovenia, however, they even sign their names, Peter Mlačnik is definitely very brave. Or maybe he just knows very well that in our country nothing happens to those who threaten Janša with death, burn puppets of Interior Minister Aleš Hojs before the parliament – both in our “narrowed civil society” and across the border, and spread disgusting lies. They do not even get penalites. What’s more, some bullies are even rewarded and invited to the National Assembly. It is only a matter of time before they might receive another apple of inspiration.