Filmmakers object to political influence in RTVS

They are calling for more independence for the public-service broadcaster.

The RTVS radio buildingThe RTVS radio building (Source: SME)

Slovak filmmakers oppose the political impact in public-service broadcaster RTVS. They have already sent an open letter to President Andrej Kiska, Culture Minister Marek Maďarič, Speaker of Parliament Andrej Danko and MPs, pointing to the unacceptability of the political pressures, the SITA newswire reported.

In the open letter they also point to the “democratic principles and warn of the alarming examples of manipulating the freedom of the media in our neighbouring countries”, most notably Poland and Hungary. They call for opening an expert discussion about the law on RTVS which should change in a way to secure political independence of the broadcaster.

“We cannot and do not want to underestimate the current situation,” the filmmakers said, as quoted by SITA, adding that the quality of the broadcaster has recently improved.

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They are concerned about the recent tendencies of some politicians that result in narrowing the space for social criticism, alternative opinion streams, informing the public, and public discussion. Instead of the approach leading to revealing injustices, the journalists who should point to misbehaviour are accused.

“We are concerned about the efforts of politicians to usurp the right to own the public-service media, use them as a tool to fasten their power and fearless position,” the filmmakers claimed, as quoted by SITA. “You should serve as an example in considering the independence of media untouchable.”

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