The Slovak Office for Press and Information
The establishment of the Slovak Office for Press and Information (Slovenský úrad pre tlač a informácie, SÚTI) on 4 September 1968 was one of the first steps backward to conditions preceding the Prague Spring. The creation of SÚTI followed the foundation of the Office for Press and Information (Úrad pre tlač a informácie) on 30 August 1968. Its main task was to regulate and to supervise the ideational focus of press, broadcast, and television. Simultaneously, it was supposed to become the leading consultative platform of the Central Committee and particular editorial offices. The Office’s administration also took over the former agenda of the Ministry of Culture and Information concerning the cadre's policy of publishers and individual editorial offices.
The foundation of SÚTI was a direct implementation of the principles included in Moscow protocols, which aimed to bring mass media back under ideological control. Its inner structure formed the department of propaganda, department of assessment and department of the press. The central activities of SÚTI concerned the systematic production and accumulation of explicit assessments and analyses, that were consequently sent to the Department of Propaganda and Agitation (Oddelenia propagandy a agitácie) of the Central Committee of the Slovak Communist Party. The leading task was to achieve the ideological “purity” of mass media. In the case of the revelation of a discrepancy between the published content and consolidating tactics, there were imposed certain sanctions against publishers.After the dissolution of the Office in 1990, the whole documentation was taken over by the Slovak National Archive.
Bratislava Štúrova 5, Slovakia 811 02
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Type of organisation
- Government/State organisation
Author(s) of this page
- Buzassyová, Barbora