Slovakia / The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission
Slovakia / The Council for Broadcasting and RetransmissionView full Case
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Crime type(s) concerned/related
Incitement to violence or hatred
Related hate bias motivation
Ethnic origin Religion
High regulatory authority
The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (Rada pre vysielanie a retransmisiu (RVR)
Key facts of the case
The Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission (RVR) fined the broadcaster of Žilina-based Radio Frontinus for a talk show attended by Milan Mazurek, MP of the far-right People’s Party – Our Slovakia (ĽSNS). The talk show was broadcast on 2 October 2016. The RVR claimed it was not impartial as Mazurek was the only guest. Moreover, RVR also sanctioned the radio with a notice of law violation for Mazurek’s offensive statements against Roma and Muslim migrants.
Frontinus Ltd. violated the Section 19 1b) of the Law no. 308/2000 Coll. On broadcasting and retransmission by broadcasting a program Discussion via phone call on its radio service of Radio Frontinus on 2 October 2016 around 9:34, within which the prohibition of hidden forms of incitement was violated by statements representing Muslim immigrants as a danger.
Is the case related to the application of the Framework Decision on Racism and Xenophobia, the Racial Equality Directive?
Key issues (concepts, interpretations) clarified by the case
The body (Council for Broadcasting and Retransmission interpreted the statements presented on radio broadcasting as incitement to hatred.
Results (sanctions, outcome) and key consequences or implications of the case
The radio received a sanction - fine in the amount of 15,000Euros. Mr Mazurek (MP) has been also investigated by the police for his statements on Radio Frontinus.
Key quotation in original language and translated into English with reference details
"... že dňa 2. 10. 2016 o cca 9:34 hod. odvysielal na rozhlasovej programovej službe Rádio Frontinus program Debata na telefón, v ktorom došlo v .....vyjadrení o nebezpečenstve, ktoré predstavuje skupina islamských imigrantov k porušeniu zákazu skrytou formou podnecovať nenávisť na základe viery a náboženstva."
"by broadcasting a program Discussion via phone call on its radio service of Radio Frontinus on 2 October 2016 around 9:34, within which the prohibition of hidden forms of incitement was violated by statements representing Muslim immigrants as a danger. "
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