Smer opposes awards for pro-Czechoslovakia artists

The opposition Smer and Real Slovak National Party have criticised the issuing of state awards on the 10th anniversary of Slovak independence to artists who were against the break-up of Czechoslovakia.

Dušan Čaplovič, the vice-chair of Smer, said it was “self-degrading” for President Rudolf Schuster to decorate poet Ľubomír Feldek, film director Juraj Jakubisko, actor Stano Dančiak and historian Dušan Kováč, all of whom in one way or another had had misgivings about the founding of independent Slovakia.

“That’s absolute nonsense,” responded Kováč. “State awards are not issued on the basis of ideology, but of service rendered.”

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

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