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Journalistic Autonomy in Peril? A Case Study of the Newsroom Conflict in Public-Service Radio and Television of Slovakia (RTVS)



Year of publication 2019
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Social Studies

Description Even though the paramount importance of journalistic autonomy is widely acknowledged (Deuze 2005, Reich & Hanitzsch 2013), there is surprisingly little empirically-based knowledge of how the journalists cope with its constraints. Using a case study approach, this contribution examines the recent newsroom conflict in the public-service Radio and Television of Slovakia. Based on semi-structured interviews with the journalists who decided to quit in protest to what they called creeping political pressure, those whose contracts were not prolonged, and those who decided to stay at their jobs, it explores how the journalists working for the public service broadcaster cope with perceived interference in their professional autonomy. The paper then uses the empirical data to inductively develop a classification scheme (Marradi 1990) of both resistance and acceptance of the new conditions in the newsroom.