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No changes in the Press Code expected

CULTURE Minister Marek Maďarič does not expect that Slovakia’s Press Code will be made stricter or changed considerably within the next six months, as was suggested by Prime Minister Robert Fico in September 2009, the TASR newswire wrote on January 4.

CULTURE Minister Marek Maďarič does not expect that Slovakia’s Press Code will be made stricter or changed considerably within the next six months, as was suggested by Prime Minister Robert Fico in September 2009, the TASR newswire wrote on January 4.

Last year Fico suggested shortening the time period for publishing a reply from three days to two days or just one. At the same time, Fico said that he would welcome it if the media were not only liable for penalties only after a court ruling but also specifically under the act itself.

Parliament passed the revised Press Code on April 9, 2008 despite a torrent of criticism from media experts, publishers and international organisations and it became effective on June 1, 2008.

The Press Code currently states that the right to reply by a private individual or a legal entity can be exercised if news reports contain statements that have injured a person’s good reputation, dignity or privacy.


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