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Slovak Governing Parties Face Backlash Over Media Tax Plan

Sept. 23, 2022, 10:09 AM

Slovak media denounced a plan by the ruling coalition to impose a special tax on private broadcasters as an attack against the free press.

Under a proposal that Finance Minister Igor Matovic’s Ordinary People party submitted to parliament this week, the government will impose a special levy on the country’s largest private radio and television stations.

The proposal underscores concerns regarding media freedom in a country where the murder of an investigative reporter last decade triggered mass protests that toppled the government. Politicians, including Matovic frequently spar with journalists and say they are spreading lies.

While the proposal envisions raising ...