Ljubljana – Some EUR 189,000 has been raised a week into what is planned to be a month-long fundraising campaign to secure funding for the Slovenian Press Agency (STA), which the Association of Slovenian Journalists labelled as an exceptional start. This roughly equals the monthly compensation for the public service performed by the STA.
Launched on 3 May and called “Za obSTAnek”, the campaign aims to raise two million euro via small SMS donations and from potential larger donors, as the agency has not received budget funds for its public service for four months.
The Association of Slovenian Journalists said on Monday that donors had responded to the association’s call for help, launched on World Press Freedom Day, to make sure that almost 100 STA employees get paid for the work they are doing.
It said that the campaign had brought together individuals, various organisations and companies that are aware of the importance of the public service provided by the STA and that “do not accept journalism dictated by the authorities.”
Despite the warnings from the domestic public and international organisations, the decision-makers are yet to fulfil their obligations required by law when it comes to financing the STA, which is why the campaign continues, the association added.
The goal is to secure an amount that equals a one-year compensation for public service to ensure stable operation, regardless of what the government does, as the agency is awaiting a court decision in an enforcement procedure and is looking for some other solutions.
“The position in which the advocates of public interest and public services have found themselves is unsustainable, as individuals and companies again finance the performance of public service instead of the state,” the association added.
The details of the fundraising campaign are available at https://zaobstanek.si/.