The European Federation of Journalists (EFJ), the European group of the
International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), urges the management of Delo, the
largest national daily newspaper in Slovenia, to reconsider the recent dismissal
of Dejan Karba, who has been employed
as journalist by Delo.
According to the information we have received by our members in
Slovenia, the Slovenian Association of Journalists and the Slovenian Union of
Journalists, Dejan Karba was urged by management of Delo to sign the resignation
of his employment contract on 8 January due to some critical stories he wrote
against high political figures including from the Catholic Church. He was even
denied time to be able to contact his trade union and consider this unexpected
Dejan Karba was never sentenced to break any law or the
Code of conduct of Slovene Journalists or any internal rules of Delo.
Zevnik, the director of Delo said
that Delo would not cover any legal
costs for lawsuits against Karba in these different cases if he won’t sign the
resignation of the contract.
All journalists’ organisations in Slovenia as
well as his colleagues and editors demanded that Delo management withdraws the
signed resignation of the contract and starts procedures against Karba that are
in accordance with the labor law and in which he will have the possibility to
defend himself. The management refused to do that.
We fully support our affiliates in Slovenia, the association
and the union, to take all legal measures to defend Dejan Karba, and we call to
the management to reconsider this case taking fully into account media law, labour
law and the Code of conduct of Slovene Journalists. It cannot be that journalists
are not allowed to engage in investigative critical journalism in the name of
the public interest.