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Incitement of Hatred

Incitement of Hatred Marian Kotleba at the head of the march of the Slovak ultra-right in Bratislava, June 2016.

In December 2014, NGO Roma House published its monitoring report called “Roma, journalists and media”“ Authors of the report, led by Martin Gonda, analysed 899 media reports related to the Roma community in Slovakia between July 1 and November 30, 2014.12% of these contained stereotypical prejudices, most of which were related to high crime rate and poor social behaviour among the Roma. Most prejudice was observed in TV and online news reports. Local media focuses on Roma the most – 20% in cities and 9% in city areas. Thus, Slovak media exploits the established negative image of the Roma community, which contributes to the high level of prejudice in the society.

In July, 2014, the inquiry into the former RTVS sports news host Kristina Kormutova has concluded. On May 21, 2014, the popular TV presenter posted an anti-Roma comment on her Facebook page. “I woke up at 4:30 from a noise, as if a massive beam fell on my head and some smelly gypsy is stealing a four-metre drainpipe from my house. Why can’t we shout them like parasites? Why? Let nobody call me racist. Because they have nothing!!!”. After a wave of criticism, author removed her status and apologised. “I sincerely apologise for these hasty statements, which emerged in the heat of passion and are incompatible with my personal beliefs.” She was soon sacked from television. Prosecution did not find grounds for criminal investigation”.

There have been a few anti-Semitic calls. For example, on August 9, 2014, it was reported that a Catholic priest Emil Floris said that Jews are themselves guilty of the Holocaust, and the same can happen with Roma.

On September 16, 2014, vandals desecrated a monument to St. Stefan – first King of Hungary – in Kosica. Anti-Hungarian writing was found near the Hungarian Scouts Union in Limbi.

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