The presidential election campaign proved that there is a new opposition party on the Slovak political scene, and it is the Slovak press, according to Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, April 6, in Bratislava Fico stated that the press “is a standard political opposition power, which is using every effect of the global economic crisis to attack the government.” He added that this happens “even though the press knows very well that neither Slovakia nor its people are responsible for the crisis.”
Meanwhile, Fico expressed his satisfaction at the re-election of incumbent Slovak President Ivan Gašparovič, stating that the top constitutional authorities will be able to work in a state of symbiosis, the TASR newswire wrote.
Continuing his attack on the print media, Fico said that the press was creating a non-democratic environment. “People who supported [Gašparovič's rival in the election - the candidate of the opposition] Iveta Radičová were labelled as decent, fair and educated by the press. Everybody who dared to vote for Gašparovič is, according to the press, uneducated, impolite and unjust,” he said. “This partiality, monochromatism and bias could have been found in the Slovak press before 1989,” he stated.
According to the Prime Minister, a new, very dangerous trend appeared, namely that the press, in the name of fighting the government, is willing to make steps which are at odds with Slovakia's state and national interests. Fico said that dangerous extremist movements are being given full play in the press. “You can be anti-governmental, you can represent a clear political opposition - even if that’s unconventional - but you can’t be against Slovakia’s interests,” Fico declared. TASR
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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7. Apr 2009 at 10:00