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Coronavirus deniers storm Slovenian state television studio

A group of coronavirus deniers and anti-vaccination activists stormed into the building housing Slovenian state television RTVS late Friday and demanded their views be broadcast.

Budapest, 4 September 2021 (dpa/MIA) — A group of coronavirus deniers and anti-vaccination activists stormed into the building housing Slovenian state television RTVS late Friday and demanded their views be broadcast.

Police quickly ended the disturbance and arrested 20 intruders who managed to break into the station’s news studio, Slovenian news agency STA reported on Saturday.

“This is an unacceptable attack on the media, journalism and democracy,” the station’s news programming editor, Manica Janezic Ambrozic, said.

Slovenia’s DNS journalists’ association said the incident was just “the tip of the iceberg” in a “hate campaign” against the media fueled by conservative Prime Minister Janez Jansa’s government.

Television director Andrej Grah Whatmough announced increased security measures.

Coronavirus deniers have been protesting outside the television building on and off for four months and harassing the network’s employees.

One challenge is that the area in front of the TV building is public space, so the protesters are entitled to gather there, Whatmough said.

Behind the incident is a movement led by former army officer Ladislav Troha, a veteran of Slovenia’s 1991 war for independence, STA reported.

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