The Economist about tough times for Slovakia’s democracy:
„Mr Fico, who has described his media critics as “prostitutes”, has collected some €90,000 ($135,000) in damages this year. The law guarantees a right of reply (regardless of truth) to those whose “honour and dignity” are hurt by media criticism. International watchdogs have criticised the law.
These concerns have lowered Slovakia’s score in international good-governance rankings. A study by the non-party Institute of Public Affairs in Bratislava says that cronyism and authoritarianism are the defining features of the ruling coalition’s three years in power.“