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Human traffickers target Roma Locked ROMA living in segregated settlements become the most frequent victims of human trafficking in Slovakia. The most endangered groups are young people aged 16-25 and men aged 25-35, the study of the People in Need Slovakia humanitarian organisation showed. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Former journalist Teleki sues state News in short Locked EX-JOURNALIST Jana Teleki has sued Slovakia for being exposed to a 16-year long criminal prosecution, demanding reimbursement of €500,000. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Quality of Slovak democracy down Locked ACCORDING to the Institute for Public Affairs (IVO) the recent actions of the Smer party in parliament have harmed the quality of the country’s democracy in recent months, as measured by the think tank’s rating system. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Investigative reporting still stands out DEEPLY researched investigative reports of great importance cannot be replaced by tweets or blogs, says Walt Bogdanich, a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner for his investigative reports published in major American media outlets. Even when newsrooms find themselves in financial straits, they should not look at cutting back on investigative work, he adds. Bogdanich responded to the questions of The Slovak Spectator on investigative reporting, and also about the challenges of media ownership that Slovakia faces. He communicated via e-mail in advance of his own visit to Slovakia. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Five run for Judicial Council seat Locked FIVE candidates, including Štefan Harabin, who earlier this year failed in his bid to get re-elected as Supreme Court president, will run for a vacant seat on the Judicial Council, which oversees the operation of the judiciary in the country. The deadline for submitting candidacies elapsed on October 13, with Harabin’s critics dubbing the November 25 election as a “litmus test of the condition of the country’s judiciary” as 1,400 judges will be voting to pick their representative on the council. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Regional EU funds in jeopardy Locked TWO FACILITIES taking care of disabled people in Banská Bystrica Region face potential closure despite the fact that millions of euros have already been approved for their renovation from EU funds. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Šefčovič to oversee Energy Union FOR SOME time it seemed that Slovak diplomat Maroš Šefčovič would oversee the transport and space portfolio in the European Commission, satisfying Slovakia’s voiced ambitions to get a strong economic department. Šefčovič is now however promoted to serve as EC vice president for the Energy Union, far surpassing expectations. 20 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Turmoil over Penta's bid for Petit Press AFTER weeks of negotiation, the Penta investment group is set to buy a 50-percent stock in the Petit Press publishing house, spurring resignations by editors at the daily newspaper Sme. 16 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
RBVG is to sell Petit Press shares to Penta Sme daily editor-in-chief and dozens of staff announce they’re leaving to found a new project THE PENTA investment group is set to buy a 50-percent stock in the Petit Press publishing house. This is the result of weeks-long negotiations between the current owners of the house and the new investor. 14 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Ban on segregation walls possible News in short SEGREGATION walls could be classified as illegal constructions, according to a draft of the Construction Act amendment proposed by the Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Čentéš’ case closer to the end News in shorts AFTER three years, the Constitutional Court (CC) is closer to the decision on the complaint of Jozef Čentéš whom the then-president Ivan Gašparovič refused to appoint to the General Prosecutor post, even though he was lawfully elected to the post. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Diplomats talk tourism in Slovakia TOURISM remains one of the most important ways to introduce country to other nations and cultures, say foreign diplomats accredited in Slovakia who offered their view on the country through the eyes of travellers. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
ECHR rules in Cervanová case SLOVAK courts did not err in renewing the Cervanová case, the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights ruled. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Organised groups tamper with energy meters THOUSANDS of people tamper with their electricity and gas meters in order to save money spent on energy, causing suppliers damages reaching millions of euros each year, energy companies say. Such scams increasingly show signs of being orchestrated by professional gangs. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
Strasbourg rejects proposed judges NONE of the candidates proposed by Slovakia satisfy the requirements for a judge of the European Court of Human Rights, the Council of Europe (CoE) has concluded. 13 Oct 2014 The Slovak Spectator
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