|Slovakian authority launches investigation over language law violation|
|Saturday, 24 October 2009|
The Slovakian Commerce Authority has launched an investigation into advertisements by the Slovakia-based Hungarian-language Szabad Újság newspaper, which only features the Hungarian language on its billboards, index.hu reports.
An investigation will be conducted to see if these advertisements are in violation of Slovakia’s controversial new language law, which has resulted in strained relations between Slovakia and Hungary.
Commentators ask what the reasoning behind the investigation is when a product that is clearly aimed at a Hungarian-language audience should advertise itself in Slovakian. Furthermore, it is aimed at Hungarian speakers everywhere so any restrictions may contravene EU trade regulations. (Davyth Hicks, Eurolang 2009)