Fears for press freedom as Slovakia debates new media law
By Jane Whyatt
One year after the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, Slovakia’s National Council (parliament) is debating controversial amendments to the Press Act of 2008.
27 year old investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. (photo with permission of Aktuality.sk)
However, the proposed amendments do not address the protection of journalists. Rather they emphasise the protection of politicians’ reputations, with a statutory right of reply for political personalities, and a new state regulator to replace the current system of self-regulation. The ECPMF and others have criticised the proposal publicly.
The new amendment is proposed by two leading MPs (National…