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Slovakia criticized for ‘chilling effect’ of changes to laws on NGOs and public media – POLITICO

“The requirement to register and present oneself publicly as a ‘foreign-supported organization’ will also have a deterrent effect in the Slovak Republic.”

Hlas MP Samuel Migaľ said the NGO amendment would likely be softened in committee during the second reading and that “everything will be different from how the law was perhaps approved in the first reading.”

Migaľ complained during a May 5 talk show on the TA3 news channel that unfair “simplifications” were undermining the draft NGO law. “The Minister of the Interior does not intend to slap himself (to act precipitously) and dissolve certain NGOs,” he said. “Ultimately, it is not the minister who decides, but rather a court.”

But Zuzana Petková, a former journalist who runs the NGO Zastavme korupciu (Stop Corruption), told POLITICO that the “chilling effect” that O’Flaherty warned against had already set in since the return to power of Fico.

“After I came to our foundation, I wanted to diversify our funding so that we were not dependent on a single donor,” she said. “It was starting to work, but after the elections (on September 30), some of our donors became afraid because Fico repeatedly called us his main enemies.

“The objections presented by the Council of Europe commissioner in his letter accurately describe the problems we will have if these changes are adopted,” Petková added. “I have heard, however, that due to external pressure, the ruling coalition is considering abandoning the labeling of NGOs receiving foreign funding. If so, that would be good news.


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Aimant les mots, Sara Smith a commencé à écrire dès son plus jeune âge. En tant qu'éditeur en chef de son journal scolaire, il met en valeur ses compétences en racontant des récits impactants. Smith a ensuite étudié le journalisme à l'université Columbia, où il est diplômé en tête de sa classe. Après avoir étudié au New York Times, Sara décroche un poste de journaliste de nouvelles. Depuis dix ans, il a couvert des événements majeurs tels que les élections présidentielles et les catastrophes naturelles. Il a été acclamé pour sa capacité à créer des récits captivants qui capturent l'expérience humaine.
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