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Ms Miloslava ZemkováDirector GeneralRadio and Television SlovakiaMýta 1PO Box 55817 55 Bratislava 15
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Republic of SlovakiaGeneva, 15 June 2012Dear Ms Zemková, dear Director General,Thank you for your detailed, informative and very worrying letter of 13 June addressed to myself and Vice-President Cappon.I was very sorry to learn that you will not be able to take part in our important General Assemblyin Strasbourg next week - but even sorrier to learn of the reasons why.It was alarming to hear that you have been subject to "enormous political and media pressure"to resign as Director General of RTVS ever since Slovakia's Parliamentary elections in March.Such pressure is totally contrary to the principle that true public service broadcasters must beindependent of political influence. It also appears quite clear that those attempting to removeyou are not even playing by the rules.It is not for the EBU to defend the position of any individual, including yourself. But we do standfor independence for public service broadcasters, for non-interference by elected politicians,and for just process.The attempts to remove you seem all the more unjust because of your clearly successful effortsin merging Slovak Radio and Slovak Television since 1 January 2011. You have madesubstantial economies and even achieved a surplus for the year despite investing more heavilyin programming. Congratulations on these achievements, which were clearly recognized evenby the Committee for Culture and Media when it adopted with unanimity the RTVS AnnualReport for 2011. (It is ironic but telling that the Committee's chairman later proposed your dismissal.)The EBU will watch developments on this matter with great care and concern. It would be agreat shame if the cause and practice of independent public service broadcasting were to bebetrayed by the Slovak Republic so soon after it joined the European Union.