Reader feedback: Lazy journalism

Re: Young Slovaks prepared to move abroad, News survey, January 30-February 5, 2006

I think this item has more to do with the media seeking to have something to report on, than with a general Slovak lust to relocate. Ask a Dutch youngster, or a South African for that matter, if he/she would leave home to take a better paying job and the likelihood is that very many would say "yes".

What I dislike about Slovak publishers and/or journalists is that they, in my view, use their freedom far too often to write easy copy that cannot be challenged. Foreign publishers look at what Slovak ones produce, and may use some of it at face value, failing any in depth and/or comparative material.

Slovak journalists and publishers also strike me as somewhat lazy or negligent on account of the fact that in two recent publications from Holland I read: "Hungarian plane crash" and "Among the casualties in Katowice were one Hollander, a Belgian, a German, and four other foreign nationals, as well as two children".

The Slovak media seems to want to portray Slovakia in some flagellant fashion, and to abstain from informing foreign colleagues that Slovaks are involved and alive, that they also have a contingent in Kosovo, that they also have pigeon racers, and that they also have a youth that does not, like many youngsters elsewhere, exactly feel restricted by the borders of their own country.

Oscar,
Radošovce, Slovakia

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