The ministry promoted a conspiracy magazine on its website

Zem a Vek was the only magazine shared on the ministry's website, apart from its own publication.

The conspiracy magazine ZEM & VEK. The conspiracy magazine ZEM & VEK. (Source: SME)

The Defence Ministry, run by the nominees of the Slovak National Party (SNS), recently shared conspiracy and pro-Russian magazine Zem a Vek (Earth & Time) in a full-screen reader on its website, the Omediach.com website informed.

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People could thus read not only the ministry's magazine Obrana (Defence), but also a number of Zem a Vek issues. They could, for example, read a story in which the magazine claims that the Slovak army serves NATO, not Slovakia, Omediach.com wrote.

The same distribution channel

The Defence Ministry publishes its magazine Obrana via the same distribution system as Zem a Vek.

"We cannot change what the browser puts on display in the menu," Danka Capáková, the ministry's spokesperson, told Omediach.com. "However, we have adopted steps and removed the 'online reader'."

The ministry should know what they offer on the website, according to Omediach.com. However, it was lawyer and doctor Peter Kováč who pointed to the ministry's slip on March 11.

"Obrana continues to be available in the PDF format, and we promote no other magazine," Capáková added, as quoted by Omediach.com.

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