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Slovak MEPs criticise STV for lack of coverage

Slovakia's MEPs on Monday, April 20, criticised state-owned Slovak Television (STV) for not providing enough coverage of their work in the European Parliament (EP), and thus not sufficiently fulfilling its duty to citizens, reported the TASR newswire. “I don't want to complain about media now, but I expected that STV, as the state-owned television, would create a platform for Slovak MEPs to talk about topics that are being discussed in Brussels,” MEP Monika Flašíková-Beňova (Smer-SD) told journalists. At the same time, she pointed out that STV's reporter wasn't even taking part in the news conference.

Slovakia's MEPs on Monday, April 20, criticised state-owned Slovak Television (STV) for not providing enough coverage of their work in the European Parliament (EP), and thus not sufficiently fulfilling its duty to citizens, reported the TASR newswire.

“I don't want to complain about media now, but I expected that STV, as the state-owned television, would create a platform for Slovak MEPs to talk about topics that are being discussed in Brussels,” MEP Monika Flašíková-Beňova (Smer-SD) told journalists. At the same time, she pointed out that STV's reporter wasn't even taking part in the news conference.

“I'm looking forward to comments in the state-owned television pointing out how low the turnout at the election was, when the TV, as public-legal medium, doesn't fulfil such a basic duty as informing the citizens," she said. "As for the commercial media, it is, of course, up to them,” she added.

MEP Anna Záborská (KDH) also said that she is sorry about STV's low interest in what's going on in Brussels. “STV's reporters certainly visit Brussels, Strasbourg ... they do short clips with us. But these are just several seconds, the value of which from the point of providing information is not very high, and they surely don't background the problems. And our people should have more detailed knowledge about the impacts of some of the Directives, for instance,” Záborská told TASR.

She noted that before the first election to the European Parliament in 2004, STV devoted one whole programme to the election campaign. MEP Sergej Kozlík (HZDS), when speaking to TASR, said that it is public-legal media that should play the main role in informing citizens about matters of public interest, such as the work of the EP. He said, however, that it is a challenge for the private media as well. TASR

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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