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

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.

Politicians will not make our decisions for us

Our power to influence the new year go far beyond applause and booing.2. Jan 2019, at 14:07

Bratislava For Decent Slovakia protest March 16, 2018.

What we didn't know about our freedom

In 1989, we thought that once the job was done, we would only go out to the squares for Sunday walks.16. Nov 2018, at 10:51

November 1989 in Bratislava

This is a test of how the state works

In the investigation of the murder of journalist, much more is at stake than just the good name of the police.27. Sep 2018, at 13:32

The police officer in Veľká Mača at the site of Kuciak and Kušnírová's murder.

When will we take Nagyika out of the coffin? We cannot talk about death

We intensively prepare for the arrival of a child, but when it comes to dying we hide it as though it were a scandal24. Aug 2018, at 10:45

50 years since 1968

Tanks have stripped the regime naked

Communist leaders cared little about the ideology. They only wanted power.20. Aug 2018, at 22:51

Tanks in Bratislava

Fico is only stealing. Ideas from Orbán

The former prime minister is just stealing ideas from Orban, joining the ranks of those who destroy democracy.2. Aug 2018, at 16:01

Hungarian PM Orbán with Slovak counterpart, Fico.

Who are the new censors?

Censorship is not the same animal that it was in the seventies. There is no censor waving his stamp and diligently adding disobedient authors to the growing list of state enemies.23. Jul 2018, at 19:43

Trump plays with the world like a spoiled child

The White House is now broadcasting its most spectacular soap opera, beating and overcoming those of sundry leaders from different continents and different times.19. Jul 2018, at 15:20

Donald Trump

Orbán's victory is toxic for Visegrad

Orbán might inspire the buds of autocracy in other politicians who also dream about ruling without end and without political scruples.10. Apr 2018, at 5:50

Viktor Orban celebrates his election victory.