The Council for Radio and Television Broadcasting (RRTV), Slovakia's media watchdog commissioned to enforce compliance with media-related provisions in election laws, fined TV Markíza 1 million Slovak crowns on May 18. The Council also ordered Markíza to broadcast a notice of the violation before its prime time news three times in audio and visual form.
The fine is an increase over a smaller fine levied on May 11, as the RRTV claims Markíza did not broadcast a report about the violation as was required. The watchdog found Markíza violating the law twice: during its May 6 prime time news reporting and its "That's How it is in Slovakia" May 9 program. Both cases involved political promotion in favor of the ruling coalition candidate Rudolf Schuster.
The watchdog also fined the taxpayer-driven Slovak Television 500,000 crowns and ordered the station to broadcast a similar notice of violation. In its program "What was left out from the Black Box" on May 15, STV violated provisions of the law on hidden advertisements, the council ruled.
24. May 1999 at 0:00 | From press reports of TASR and SITA