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Slovak Mass Media in the 21st Century: Current Challenges


Miroslava Dobrotková, Artur Bekmatov, Andrea Chlebcová Hečková and Ján Kuciak

The book deals with the most challenging issues which the Slovak Mass Media are currently facing, including matters of public criticism. The first chapter describes the media influence on power control in Slovakia. It does not avoid the controversial question of corruption in the Slovak media field. The following chapter examines the stereotypes about the social minorities that are still widely spread by the media (especially the Internet and the social media). In this context, the chapter related to the public media explains why the existence of the media of public service is so important and why it is necessary to finance such media by public sources and not by the state. In the final chapter, the author aims to identify the reasons why alternative sources of information usually fail to inform truthfully, impartially and objectively.

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As we have stated in Introduction, this monograph identifies and explains the most significant challenges that Slovak Mass Media nowadays face. Every chapter is focused on one specified problem related to the media and on the analysis of current media output or by analyzing the conditions within which the media in Slovakia work. It demonstrates how the problems of actual media communication are reflected. What is common for all of the identified problematic matters is specific social and political atmosphere in which the Slovak media system has evolved. In democracy, Slovak media operated a little longer than 28 years, but modern Slovak media system is existing for only 24 years (from 1993). First public service Slovak broadcaster has been established in 1991. Maybe 20 years or more of existence of some institution looks like quite a long period; however, it is not enough time for achieving adequate knowledge and experience, solving the everyday problems and training new generation of journalists unburdened by the past.

The media nowadays are more effective in regard to control authorities and their exercise of power than the media in the nineties of the 20th century, and the corruption is considered by media as a rather serious problem of our society. Current Slovak media more consistently cover the theme of corruption (and other themes related to the exercise of power) in their news, and the increase of relevant results are significant. However, this statement is valid in relation with the tradition media;...

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