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Constitutional Court rejects complaint from RTVS’ ex-boss

The Constitutional Court has dismissed a complaint filed by Miloslava Zemková, former general director of public-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), explaining that her case failed to meet all the formal requirements set by the law, the TASR newswire reported.

The Constitutional Court has dismissed a complaint filed by Miloslava Zemková, former general director of public-service broadcaster Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS), explaining that her case failed to meet all the formal requirements set by the law, the TASR newswire reported.

Zemková had lodged the complaint in relation to her recent dismissal, citing a violation of her basic rights. She was dismissed on June 6 in a secret parliamentary vote initiated by a proposal from the parliamentary media and culture committee over an alleged violation of her legal obligation to inform in advance the RTVS Council, the broadcaster’s governing body, of “plans to initiate a contractual commitment” exceeding €100,000.

Zemková had been trying to find a single premises for the merged radio and TV broadcaster since its constituent parts currently reside in two separate buildings. She explained to MPs that she had not violated the law since she had not agreed any specific deal with any bidder, and had shortly afterwards told the council about her intentions.

Despite support from the opposition parties and even a statement by RTVS Council head Miroslav Kollár saying that he did not consider Zemková’s steps to have been at odds with the law, she was recalled by 82 of the 85 lawmakers present in parliament. Two MPs voted against and one abstained, TASR wrote. Most opposition MPs absented themselves in protest.

Source: TASR

For more information about this story please see: Public media boss sacked by parliament

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