Frequent insults

In Slovakia, defamation is punishable by up to eight years in prison, making it the harshest penalty for this offense in the European Union. Many legal actions against journalists have been brought by businessmen, politicians, and judicial officials. Prime Minister Robert Fico, who initiated several of these lawsuits during his first term, often loses his temper with journalists. When asked about a corruption case during a news conference in November 2016, he described several journalists as “filthy anti-Slovak prostitutes” and then refused to apologize. His outburst was typical of the growing hostility that politicians display towards journalists.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



12 in 2016

Global score


13.26 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
Go to the barometre