Slovak media are critical of extended moratorium on polls

The longer ban gives way to the spreading of misinformation, they claim.

The media have condemned the change, approved by MPs, that extends the moratorium to 50 daysThe media have condemned the change, approved by MPs, that extends the moratorium to 50 days (Source: Tomáš Benedikovič)

A week after the parliament approved an extension of the moratorium from 14 to 50 days, media outlets have taken a strong stand against the change.

The Association of Independent Radio and Television Stations (ANRTS) and the Association of Print and Digital Media (ATDM) regard a 50-day moratorium as an unacceptable and disproportionate interference in the freedom of expression, manifesting the abuse of political power.

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“MPs did not restrict their rights by this ban since they will have access to the results of the polls,” the joint statement reads, as quoted by the TASR newswire. “It’s a restriction of the media’s rights to provide information on the polls to its readers/listeners/viewers.”

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