Pressure from international NGOs that defend journalists had no effect on the media climate in Slovenia in 2017. Defamation is still criminalized and journalists and media outlets are often sued by well-known politicians who smear journalists in public. Under a “right to correction” in the 2006 Mass Media Act, anyone who feels offended or insulted by a newspaper article can demand the publication issue a correction in the same position in the newspaper. The concentration of media ownership is weakening pluralism and encouraging self-censorship among journalists. The announced takeover of two leading TV channels by one of the main regional Internet and telecommunications providers poses an additional threat to media pluralism through the creation of a vertical near-monopoly.
37 in 2017
21.70 in 2017