MEDIA watchdog Memo 98 released its latest report which shows that private TV Markíza aired several biased news articles against the co-ruling Christian Democrats (KDH).
The report highlights a period of time during which a conflict between KDH and another ruling party, Pavol Rusko's New Citizen's Alliance (ANO), came to a head. Rusko founded Markíza and led the firm until recently, before entering politics.
It is believed that Rusko used his influence in Markíza, as well as in several other media companies, to discredit or undermine the image of his political rivals.
According to Memo 98, TV Markíza ran several stories in which "basic principles of journalistic ethics were breached".
The monitoring also showed that while other Slovak media brought a relatively balanced coverage of an ongoing conflict between ANO and KDH, TV Markíza continued to provide more space to Rusko and his comments on the situation.
11. Aug 2003 at 0:00 | From press reports