MY Nitrianske Noviny, a weekly published by the Petit Press publishing house, has been fined €1,500 for running an advertisement by a Budapest-based company written in Hungarian. The weekly’s area of distribution includes several districts with Hungarian-speaking residents.
The Sme daily, also published by Petit Press, reported that the Slovak Trade Inspectorate (SOI) had fined MY based on advertising legislation, which refers to the State Language Act, on the grounds that the advertisement, published in May 2010, was not translated into Slovak. The SOI says it acted upon a complaint and that the fine represents the minimum amount.
The head of MY newspapers, Roman Schlarmann, said he intends to appeal the fine, Sme reported.
Culture Minister Daniel Krajcer said he is not convinced that the fine should have been imposed. However, the Culture Ministry said that the SOI had proceeded in line with the law, Sme reported.
Petit Press also publishes The Slovak Spectator.
18. Oct 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff