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Smer and Sme fight over cartoons

WHILE Prime Minister Robert Fico is suing the Sme daily over a cartoon, his Smer party is using cartoons in its political fight, Sme reported.

WHILE Prime Minister Robert Fico is suing the Sme daily over a cartoon, his Smer party is using cartoons in its political fight, Sme reported.

On its webpage, Smer features cartoons, most of them mocking the opposition Slovak Democratic and Christian Union (SDKÚ), as well as Slovak journalists. One of the cartoons depicted a man in a wheelchair, who was being told by his doctor ‘You will not get your pension, because you have wheels’. Fico ordered the cartoon to be removed after he found out that it was published on the website, the Smer spokesperson Katarína Kližanová-Rýsová told Sme.

The cartoon was parody of the SDKÚ decision to reduce the list of people eligible for the disability pension.

On the other hand, Sme wrote, Fico is suing it for a cartoon published in the newspaper which featured him visiting a physician with spinal pain and being told that he must have phantom pains since he does not have a spine. Fico took exception to the cartoon, saying it made fun of a health condition from which he suffers.


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