PUBLIC MEDIA IN SLOVAKIA BECAME INSTRUMENT IN THE HANDS OF CHURCH.
The public media in Slovakia instead of reflecting the plurality of the whole society became a tool of propagating and advertising religious life stance - at the same time IGNORING the very existence of non- religious philosophies of life DESPITE THE FACT THAT A GREAT PROPORTION OF THE POPULATION DO NOT CLAIM A RELIGIOUS PHILOSOPHY OF LIFE:
(material collected by L.Ludha and M. Necpalová)
PROGRAMMES in Slovak public mass media with contents propagating, and promoting (mostly the Catholic) religion, or with "Christian" religious pastoral aims. ("PROSELYTISING" the Slovak nation = trying to convert non-believers)
A special body has been established called "Programme Centre of Religious Life" (in Slovak PCN) (with unknown number of full-time employees) producing 21 RELIGIOUS SERIALS broadcast with regular periodicity .and some more taken over from co-operating producers of such serials .
SURVEY of these REGULAR SERIALS, and comments on characteristics.
|LUMEN||30 min/ per month||Reporting varied releases from the church life.|
|Spiritual Word||5 min /per week||Spiritual = religious|
|Small biblical stories||5 min/ per week||For children|
|Good message||30 min||Divine services, cycles of documents, homilies|
|Studio 2000||10 min/per week||Information on activities at the occasion of 2000y. HOLY YEAR|
|Culture and religion||45 min|
|Confidential spheres||55 min||With discussions|
|Noise (Slovak "UM")||Students monthly programme started by initiative of Pastoral Centre in the University students Hostel of "Mlynska Dolina" in Bratislava|
|Club Nicodem (name of moderator)||Targeted on University students. (Discussions)|
|ALFA||Publicist cycle on varied aspects of Christian life|
|Television messenger||religious programme|
|Braces (Slov:Traky)||For the youth- propagation of Christian Values.|
|Ladies´ ride ( slov: Dámska jazda)||Programme for women|
|The time for two||Aimed at married couples.|
|The second dime||For elderly people.|
|The second breath||For elderly people.|
|SAMSON||Broadcast programme for small children|
|Half-tone-tips||About Christian life.|
|God´ s children||Target : pastoral activities among Romany / Gypsies|
|Somewhere within us||Selected personalities speak about applying Christian values in everyday life.|
|Studio LUX||For youth- the patronage of Slovak Bishops Conference|
|Ad rem||Twice / month||Religious items for teen-agers|
|DEKALÓG||Ten films about the TEN COMMANDMENTS|
Besides these REGULAR SERIALS, other items promoting religion are dispersed among all ather types of programmes , which do not fall in the competence of PCN and are not easy to register.
Only a few examples : (Not complete list !)
-Morning talks (every day - originally only religious topics, recently "only" three times per week religious items)
-Transmissions from foreign radio station of Vatican
-Featuring varied religious ceremonies (usually Church Mass)
-Slovak unique memorials: (Three chapels of Zápolsky family)
-Great anniversary (Basilica Minor in Nitra)
-PSALMS (religious lyric items)
-Cycle of documents about religious creed (Mezdugorie), etc, etc.
(All these data can be easily confirmed from any bulletin publishing TV. Programmes, or a great deal of data (not all of them) can be found in the daily KATOLÍCKE NOVINY - article by Katarína áková published in the issue of June, 11, 2000.)
Religious Broadcasting in Slovak Radio:
(Permanent Editorial board with 4. Full-time employees)
REGULAR PROGRAMMES (not complete)
|FREQUENCY M||20 min. Monday|
|Routes (Slov: Cesty)||120 min /Monday|
|Radio Vatican||10 min/Thursday|
|For believers and "unbelievers"||60 min||The title itself proves that the aim is proselytising-CONVERTING non-believers|
Mass in some church
|30 min Sunday||
Total : 300 min / per week
The programme items are allocated the best broadcasting times and are (usually ) the next day retransmitted.
Not regular timetable:
Saturday: The Line of hope. 120 min ( 1- 2 times per month, )
Friday: Christian tunes. ( 60 min - approximately once in a month)
SURVEY of TV. air time covering the first half of the y. 2000.
|1-st week||2-nd week||3-d week||4-th week||TOTAL|
|MARCH||200||240||120||255 + 134||950|
SURVEY of RADIO BROADCASTING AIR TIME ( ONLY for 3 MONTH of 2000 !)
January : 945 min /February 835 min/ March 945 min = TOTAL : 2,725 min
Comparing the above numbers with needs of nondenominational citizens:
For NON-RELIGIOUS philosophies of LIFE there is NO EDITORIAL BOARD in TV or in the Radio.
Programmes promoting or at least INFORMING about NON-RELIGIOUS LIFE PHILOSOPHIES during the follow- up period (and also many years before it) NONE!
Is there any better example of systematic DISCRIMINATION of nondenominational citizens who make up approximately one third of the total population?
On 22 August 2000 the Slovak Radio 1. firtst time during the last ten years gave room to an interview about Prometheus Society and its aims to the chairman of society.The timing of this programme was AT ONE A.M. (!) (one hour after midnight. No further comment.
Postscript dated on 23.August , 2000.
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