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STV loses editors due to censorship; Hreha asks for more money

The STV Council is planning to investigate charges laid out in the Hospodárske Noviny daily on August 9 that claim editors at the station have interfered in news reporting on the Government's behalf.

As many as 11 STV editors have left the broadcaster's news service in recent months, while others have indicated they might hand in their notice soon. Most of say their departure was to due managerial interference and even outright censorship.

But STV news editor-in-chief Ján Šmihula, who has come under harsh criticism from the editors, was unrepentant. STV general director Radim Hreha says that he trusts Šmihula, and both reject the accusations of censorship. Hreha also says that he wants to ask the Government for more money due to failings in the news service.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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