Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
Though her hearing officially began on 15 October 2014, Delić first saw a courtroom on 5 January 2015. She is currently under trial for publishing alleged classified information under Article 260 of the Criminal Code. If convicted, she faces up to three years in prison.
“I have my good days and my bad days,” said Delić. “I would be lying if I said it has been easy. I have been fortunate to receive immense support from my colleagues at home as well as abroad. The other side of the coin is anger with the State for allowing these bogus criminal charges to be brought in the first place.”
Other journalists also being prosecuted under the Criminal Code include Primož Cirman and Tomaž Modić, of the daily newspaper Dnevnik also based in Ljubljana. Both were brought before an investigating judge over an alleged insult against the Competition Protection Agency (AVK) and some of its staff. If convicted, the journalists face up to six months in prison.
Other criminal complaints have been raised against Dnevnik journalists Peter Lovšin and Meta Roglič.
I asked Delić if she could offer words of advice to her fellow journalists to which she replied, “Fight for freedom of speech and media while you fight for justice and a fair trial. When a journalist is being prosecuted for doing their job the entire profession is on trial. Anyone can be next in line and we need to be vigilant of the developing situation.”