Bratislava (Slovakia): The Slovak government
has changed a controversial media law that guaranteed
politicians, readers and state institutions a right of reply,
even if articles critical of them were true.
Slovak media had condemned the law pushed through
Parliament by the previous government in 2008 claiming the
right of reply was excessive as it severely restricted press
freedom and editorial independence.
Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, against the law as an
opposition lawmaker, said today her coalition government had
agreed politicians will no longer enjoy such a right.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe
had also criticised the law.