NEWS IN SHORT

MY weekly fined for Hungarian ad

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.

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.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Grandson turns his blue-haired grandma into an Instagram sensation

President Zuzana Čaputová is one of her nearly 13,000 followers.

Photographer Marek Pupák takes pictures of his grandmother. He also created the blue.grandma profile on Instagram, where he posts the photos of her.

Roundup: Shoe boxes turn into Christmas gift boxes to cheer up lonely older people

People can fill and hand in their own box until December 6.

The White Night Festival takes place in Bratislava during Christmas.

Some schools will open on December 7

Matovič pushed through testing at schools, government is launching a pilot project this weekend.

PM Igor Matovič (front) and Education Minister Branislav Gröhling  (back)

Freed in the Kuciak murder case, guilty of another murder

The Specialised Criminal Court sends Alena Zsuzsová to prison for ordering the murder of former Hurbanovo mayor. She appealed against the verdict, insists she is innocent.

Alena Zsuzsová is escorted to the courtroom.