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New language bill focuses on media

In its new bill regarding the use of the state language, Slovak, the Culture Ministry recommends that the public media especially test command of the language via written and oral tests when recruiting journalists, newsreaders and moderators, it was reported on October 31. The ministry also recommends making the media responsible for promoting "standard, cultivated" Slovak. It also wants to introduce regular assessments of the level of language on programs. These would be carried out by experts chosen by the ministry itself in co-operation with the Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission.

The ministry also recommended the media set aside space for programs dealing directly with the Slovak language and its use. Apart from this, the ministry believes that Slovak dubbing should be supported. The bill also states that all advertisements should be in the state language.

The Government will discuss the proposals at its session on November 7. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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