A little girl writes graffiti on a wall in English: “If you repeat a lie often enough, it becomes the truth.” The word “truth” has been crossed out with red spray paint and replaced with “journalism.” This picture was tweeted by Slovenia’s Prime Minister Janez Jansa. His tweet was aimed at the Kleine Zeitung , a newspaper based in the Austrian city of Graz, which had annoyed the Slovenian premier with an article about his attitude toward the press in his country. It’s not unusual to see Janez Jansa tweeting things like this. Quite the opposite, in fact. No other European head of state is personally waging such a bitter war of words against the media. Jansa routinely attacks Slovenian journalists, and he comments on almost every critical article that is published abroad about the political situation in Slovenia under his government. Sometimes he reacts with fury, sometimes disparagingly; he always describes it as fake news. Recently, for example, Jansa branded Lili Bayer, the Brussels correspondent for the Politico magazine, a “spreader of fake news” after she wrote a critical feature examining the Slovenian government’s dealings with its domestic media . Parallel media biotope Bayer was also personally attacked on… Read full this story
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