Slovakia: "right of reply" proposition raises concerns
by ECPMF staff
Almost one year after the killing of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, which still remains unsolved, we are concerned about the planned proposal, introduced by Slovakia's ruling Smer party, to reintroduce a "right of reply" for politicians to media content they don't approve.
A memorial to the murdered journalist and his fiancee. (photo: ECPMF)
The suggested amendments passed the first reading in the Slovak Parliament last week. They were first proposed by the party chairman at a rally in December 2018, where he showed obvious hostility towards journalists. If turned into law, it could mean that media outlets in…