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Mečiar wants money for showing up

EX-PM Vladimir Mečiar has asked private news channel TA3 to pay him money for appearing on one of its political talk shows. The TV channel has refused.

Observers agree that it is unusual for a politician to request payment for participating in a televised discussion.

According to the Pravda daily, Igor Zvach, spokesman for Mečiar's party, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, told the media, "It is up to you to evaluate how much money you are willing to pay for the time and presence of a politician.”

Zvach suggested that Mečiar would likely ask payment for participating in political talk shows from other commercial media as well.

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

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