Television Slovenian journalist appointed head of government communications

Ljubljana – The government appointed journalist Petra Bejak Thurman as deputy director general of the Government Communications Office (UKOM) in a correspondence session on Thursday. Prime Minister Robber Golob said a full-scale public recruitment for Boss will take place within two months.

A journalist at the public broadcaster TV Slovenija, she was offered the job by Golob. Most recently, she was the permanent chairman of the broadcaster’s labor council and workers’ representative on the supervisory board of RTV Slovenija.

In an interview with Radio Slovenija today, she said she had done little journalism work in the last five years. She has done about 30 news reports, but none about the incumbent prime minister, she said, adding that her work has been unbiased.

She will replace Dragan Barbtovsky, who resigned earlier this week. Golob said today that Barbtovsky was replaced because he lacked the organizational and managerial skills to run an office that the government wants help in fighting hate speech.

An expert on EU affairs who most recently headed the British Council’s Slovenian office, Barbtovsky will be transferred to the prime minister’s office, where he will be responsible for international communications.

Golob said: [UKOM] It should be organized and managerial and we will do our best to find such a person.

Meanwhile, Bezjak Cirman will lead UKOM. RTV Employed in Slovenia, where she works as chairman of the Labor Council, she is well aware of how the existing leadership of the public broadcaster operates.

Bezjak Cirman was the public broadcaster’s top workers’ representative when RTV Slovenija employees protested political interference by then-UKOM boss Uroš Urbanija and the former government.

Urbanija’s time at UKOM was marked by withdrawal of funding for STA and weekly commentary on the production of TV Slovenija. Just a few weeks ago, he was appointed director of television by his Slovenian director Andrei Gula his Wattmoff. Television Slovenian journalist appointed head of government communications

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