Sanje Publishing

In the Name of the State (trilogy)
by Matej Šurc & Blaž Zgaga


  • original title: V imenu države

  • published in 2011 and 2012

  • three volumes:352, 480, 512 pages respectively

  • rights held by Sanje

  • rights sold: Jesenski i Turk (Croatia)

In the Name of the State (trilogy)

The trilogy In the Name of the State is the biggest investigative journalism project in the history of Slovenia and the biggest of its kind on illegal arms trade. Journalists Matej Šurc and Blaž Zgaga spent more than three years investigating and analysing more than 6000 pages of declassified official documents on the illegal trade of arms in Slovenia during the Yugoslav wars in the 1990s. The authors collaborated with colleagues from Croatia, Bosnia, Poland, Ukraine, Finland and Switzerland.

Titles of the tree volumes in the trilogy are: Sell, Resell, Cover Up. The trilogy is supported with numerous documents, maps and documentary and war photos.

In 2011, the trilogy was awarded a special investigative journalism diploma during the Southeast Europe Media Forum organised by the Vienna-based South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) and the Central European Initiative (CEI), and during the same Forum in October 2012, it was presented with the prestigious Award for Outstanding Merits in Investigative Journalism by CEI and SEEMO.

An English summary of all three books is available in the attachement.