If you think media law is tough in Canada….

… check out Slovakia.

Slovakia’s new media law, which took effect this month, requires newspapers and magazines to print replies from people named in an article who feel their “honour, dignity or privacy” has been impinged.

In certain circumstances, papers will be required to print “supplementary” information, even if all of the information in an article is true. And under no circumstance can a paper rebut a reply, even to say that it stands by the facts reported in its original story.

The law also mandates papers pay a prescribed financial compensation to anyone who is refused a reply.

Globe and Mail, June 20, 2008

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