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Opposition concerned about STV

Opposition parliamentary parties the SDKÚ-DS, Christian Democrats (KDH), and ethnic-Hungarian SMK on August 13 expressed their concerns over the recent developments at state-owned Slovak Television(STV).

More than ten news staff have quit the broadcaster recently in response to what has been described as a crisis in the STV news service.

"We're worried about developments at STV, fearing a return to a period when reporters were censored and motivated to act in favour of the government," SDKÚ chairman Mikuláš Dzurinda said.

Eva Mihocková, who quit STV over the weekend, said she had never experienced any political pressure despite being in charge of the news service's political section, but felt the section wasn’t being managed competently.

Meanwhile, domestic news-service editor Zuzana Štukovská decided to leave the company on August 10.

STV director Radim Hreha has promised to set about resolving the crisis in the coming days.

-TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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