President Borut Pahor decorated the Slovenian Press Agency (STA) with the Order of Merit today. He decorated the STA for its "irreplaceable mission" in the media space for the past 30 years and its vital role in the independence period. Pahor said STA's "role and responsibility remain irreplaceable".
Accepting the award at the presidential palace, STA Director Bojan Veselinovič, said the agency was going through one of its darkest periods. It's been operating without state funding for 174 days now, due to a government decision to suspend the financing of the news agency. After receiving the top state prize, Veselinovič said it was grotesque for them to receive state awards, but no state funding.