Beata Balogová

Beata Balogová

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Beata Balogová joined The Slovak Spectator in 2003 and became the first Slovak editor-in-chief of Slovakia’s English-language weekly. Ms. Balogová was in charge of the paper and its special publications between 2003 and 2006. She spent nine months at Columbia University’s School of Journalism from 2006 to 2007, and in June 2007 she again took over as the editor-in-chief of the paper. Prior to joining The Slovak Spectator, Ms. Balogová worked for Slovakia’s first private newswire, SITA, and the state newswire, TASR. Ms. Balogová graduated with a Master of Science degree in journalism from the School of Journalism of Columbia University in New York. She also has a Master of Arts degree cum laude from the Comenius University School of Journalism, majoring in journalism. In January 2015 she left the Spectator to lead editorial team of the SME daily paper. She continues to cooperate with the Spectator.

List of authors articles

Slovak folklore making a comeback: Unique diversity survived

Slovakia boasts a rich and long-rooted tradition of folk costumes and various traditional architecture.30. Jul 2020, at 12:03

The Vlkolínec village is on the UNESCO list.
SME Plus

We stand with Nincs másik

The fall of the independent news website in Hungary concerns all independent journalists in the region.28. Jul 2020, at 11:44 editorial after the journalists filed their resignations.
Spectator Anniversary

Autocrats feel a chance against media once again

Small media can make contributions that far exceed their circulation number, writes Beata Balogová.24. Apr 2020, at 7:00

Beata Balogová speaks to one of the For a Decent Slovakia protests in 2018 on behalf of Slovakia's journalists. Balogová also serves as the vice-chair of the executive board of the International Press Institute.

How we stopped being comrades

Freedom is not a birthright. No generation receives freedom ready-made and perfect: pre-prepared for consumption.6. Apr 2020, at 13:29

The For a Decent Slovakia protest gathering in Bratislava in 2019.

Matovič has done the easy part; now we are in it with him

The new prime minister and his government will have only hours instead of the usual hundred days.16. Mar 2020, at 12:46

Ethnic Hungarians should not be divided into good and bad

The identity of Slovakia's Hungarians cannot be based on how they feel about Orbán.25. Feb 2020, at 13:39

Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán (centre) and his Slovak counterpart Peter Pellegrini (centre-left) during their visit at the transit zone for migrants in Röszke on the Hungarian-Serbian border.

Still a brutal murder that shouldn't have happened

Let us think of the victims' families.19. Dec 2019, at 14:09

Freedom can be lost democratically, from the inside

Has the country survived the abductions of the state, the inoculation of Mečiar, Fico governments and the Kočner underworld without harm to democracy?17. Nov 2019, at 18:46

Abandon hope all ye who enter Threema

Kočner's underworld will not cease to exist with his mere sentencing.12. Nov 2019, at 13:04

Marian Kočner (r) faces charges for, among others, forging promissory notes.

Slovakia listens to Gorilla

Jaroslav Haščák tried to control the state without voters giving him that power.16. Oct 2019, at 13:27

Oligarch Jaroslav Haščák owns the Penta financial group.

Why are they passing a law for politicians instead of protecting journalists?

Right of reply was introduced out of the wrong motivation with wrong timing.18. Sep 2019, at 15:01

The media is freer, but also feels less secure.

Visegrad won nothing, only helped Orbán flex his muscle

The region has not managed to win any key EU post.3. Jul 2019, at 23:04

Viktor Orban

Is Slovakia a mafia state?

We did come close in the past. What protects us from becoming a mafia state?5. Jun 2019, at 16:03

Following Smer's landslide victory in 2012, Robert Fico became the prime minister of a one-party government, unprecedented in Slovakia.

Slovakia is not a mafia state yet, but it is in danger

Viktor Orbán critic says mafia states are particularly contagious in post-Communist countries.4. Jun 2019, at 16:25

Balint Magyar

Let’s continue talking about murder, not Fico’s media tyranny

This piece is the runner-up for the European Press Prize 2019.24. May 2019, at 10:25

Robert Fico

Putin's Trojan horses don't feel bound by democracy

Unlike Strache, Andrej Danko goes to the Red Square to bow to Putin quite openly.20. May 2019, at 12:51

Strache announces his resignation.

Is the state aware of the Orwellian dimensions of the surveillance of journalists?

Our paranoias have come to life. Surveillance of journalists is unacceptable in a democracy.24. Apr 2019, at 22:56

Murdered journalist Ján Kuciak was surveiled, too.

EPP should expel Orbán

The EPP argument that the party does not want to punish the Hungarian people simply won’t stand.6. Mar 2019, at 13:43

A billboard from a campaign of the Hungarian government showing European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Hungarian-American financier George Soros with the caption "You, too, have a right to know what Brussels is preparing to do." is displayed at a street in Budapest.

Media zombies are soft on the powerful

Politicians again shelter themselves with sinful press code amendment.13. Feb 2019, at 11:39

Fico tears his dignity into pieces during live broadcast

The ex-prime minister is dragging his party into a political sink.12. Feb 2019, at 21:43

Robert Fico in parliament.