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Role of public media for minorities discussed in Slovenia

In Nova Gorica TV broadcasters called for better cooperation

19 May, 17:27
(ANSA) - NOVA GORICA, 19 MAG - According to STA, a conference on cross-border public service broadcasting held in Nova Gorica on Friday called for better cooperation in producing media content in the border area, in particular between the Italian public broadcaster RAI's regional centre for Friuli Venezia Giulia and RTV Slovenija's regional centre in the coastal city of Koper.

The conference was hosted by trade unions at RAI and attended by State Secretary Vesna Humar from the Office for Slovenians Abroad in Ljubljan, who cautioned against immediately discussing cutting regional programmes when Slovenia's public broadcaster RTV considers streamlining.

Turning to the situation on the Italian side of the border, she urged continuing efforts to ensure that the funds the Italian government invests in RAI's regional centres have a greater impact on the production of content in Slovenian and also Friulian.

She also addressed the issue of hate speech in the media, saying that "the fight against hate speech and manipulative content is particularly important in precious and fragile border areas".

The conference produced proposals on how to upgrade the production of RAI's regional centre for FVG in terms of technology and content, and on how to link it even more closely with RTV Centre Koper-Capodistria, STA reported.

The conference also discussed the cancellation of Radio Trieste A at medium wave lengths and the need to establish a digital audio network in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

According to STA, the conclusions of the conference will be sent to the Italian government, the Office for Slovenians Abroad reported in a press release.

The positions of the Slovenian minority in Italy were presented at the conference by the leaders of two umbrella organisations, Ksenija Dobrila from the Slovenian Cultural and Economic Asociation and Walter Bandelj from the Council of Slovenian Organisations. (ANSA).

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