The Slovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs is checking whether and why the Slovak national anthem was used in an awards programme in Korea, according to information published by the Nový čas daily on April 23.
According to the daily the national anthem was played as the final tune in a programme which announced the best drama, actor and actress within the Seoul International Drama Awards. Slovakia was not represented in the contest.
“We are checking the facts, but if the record is authentic, anyone who watched it must admit that it was not discrediting. It (the Slovak anthem) was not misused,” the spokesperson of the Slovak Foreign Affairs Ministry, Peter Stano, told the SITA newswire, adding that organisers chose the anthem surely because they liked it.
“This is not a negative use of our anthem,” Stano said.
(The Slovak national anthem is played in the last part of the video)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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26. Apr 2010 at 14:00