As more and more international media outlets had been calling into question Slovenian diplomacy, media freedom, autonomy of public institutions and civil and human rights under the government of Janez Janša, we, in cooperation with Marko Plahuta, decided to review the foreign media perspective on the state of democracy in our country. Ever since the current government took office in 2020, we have observed a marked increase in the number of foreign media who express concern that Slovenia is transforming into an autocracy. Although government representatives keep ensuring the public that our country’s international reputation has not been tarnished, this detailed visualisation of a large number of foreign media takes proves otherwise.
Cool initiatives is an online platform that offers select NGOs a turnkey solution for crowdfunding of their projects. The platform offers an online infrastructure for fundraising, whereas our expert team provides NGOs with assistance in designing and implementing communication strategies. Cool initiatives is a project, aimed in particular at smaller, local and younger NGOs, which do not have many other opportunities to obtain funding. The Cool initiatives project is co-financed by the Ministry of Public Administration programme for the development and professionalisation of NGOs and volunteering in 2019.
Together with our partners (Pod črto, @ObjaveIzKleti, Marko Plahuta), we spent the second half of 2020 analysing 24 fake Twitter profiles that published divisive or hostile content and were regularly mentioned or retweeted by Slovenian right-wing politicians. The publication of results in February of 2021 was met with great media and public interest, as well as attempts of defamation by other Twitter users, some of them authentic and some probably fake. We presented unequivocal evidence that these were indeed fake profiles, as well as graphs showing various aspects of their activities. We also took steps to report cases of identity theft to Twitter.
Less than fair
On a cold December evening, social networks were flooded with outraged posts reacting to a memo from Hofer banning homeless people from selling their newspaper in front of its outlets. In doing so, they communicated to an already vulnerable social group that they are unwanted and should become invisible – just to provide their customers a holiday shopping experience without any bad conscience. We strongly oppose this kind of segregation, so called on the public to boycott Hofer and help the homeless.