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Journalists' union comments on draft press code

The government's new draft press code lacks a number of essential
matters, according to Zuzana Krútka, the chair of the Slovak Syndicate
of Journalists (SSN), but the syndicate has no other objections to the
proposed bill.

The Culture Ministry submitted its new draft press code for
interdepartmental review on June 29.

The SSN is to elaborate on its stand in its legal position document
and deliver it before the deadline for comments on the proposed bill,
set for July 20.

Krútka said the SSN will insist on enacting a definition of censorship
in the new press law, which is to replace the present one, first
adopted in 1966.

The current obsolete press law from the year of 1966 has been revised
nine times, six times since the fall of communism in 1989.

The draft can be viewed on the Culture Ministry's internet website,
www.culture.gov.sk.

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
The Slovak Spectator cannot vouch for the accuracy of the information presented in its Flash News postings.

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