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Court bans TV Markíza from reporting on financing of Malacky hospital

The private TV channel Markíza was banned by the Malacky District Court from reporting on the financing of the local hospital in Malacky until a related lawsuit is concluded. The court approved the proposal filed by a company called Nemocničná that owns the hospital and is suing Markíza.

The private TV channel Markíza was banned by the Malacky District Court from reporting on the financing of the local hospital in Malacky until a related lawsuit is concluded. The court approved the proposal filed by a company called Nemocničná that owns the hospital and is suing Markíza.

According to the preliminary injunction, Markíza must refrain from the production and broadcasting of any report following up on previous news reports made by reporter Barbora Demešová entitled “BSK Gives Millions to Private Company” and “Frešo Running Away From Our Camera”, the Sme daily wrote on September 12.

The decision is scandalous and outrageous, former TV Markíza personality, culture minister (2010-12) and now independent MP Daniel Krajcer said, as quoted by the TASR newswire. Krajcer stressed that such a verdict represents an unprecedented level of censorship and violates freedom of the press.

In the spite of the criticism of the Slovak Syndicate of Journalists and the head of the Bratislava Self-Governing Region (BSK) Pavol Frešo who himself appeared in the TV Markíza report, the private hospital in Malacky insists it is right in the dispute with TV Markíza which reported on the BSK financing the hospital’s loss-making emergency service. The court ruled that Markíza withdraw one finished report from its website and cannot make any more of them, Sme wrote.

(Source: Sme, TASR)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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