Nations in Transit 2019
|DEMOCRACY-PERCENTAGE Democracy Percentage||72.62 100|
|DEMOCRACY-SCORE Democracy Score||5.36 7|
Last Year's Democracy Percentage & Status
73 100 Consolidated Democracy
The ratings are based on a scale of 1 to 7, with 7 representing the highest level of democratic progress and 1 the lowest. The Democracy Score is an average of ratings for the categories tracked in a given year. The Democracy Percentage, introduced in 2020, is a translation of the Democracy Score to the 0-100 scale, where 0 equals least democratic and 100 equals most democratic.
- National Democratic Governance score declined from 5.00 to 4.75. An internal consortium of journalists, which took up Kuciak’s investigative work, revealed an extensive network of ties between the government and business interests. Though several officials who were implicated in this network eventually resigned, they first attempted to interfere with the state’s inquiry into the circumstances of Kuciak’s death.
- Civil Society score improved from 6.00 to 6.25. The February murder of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak brought tens of thousands to the streets in a series of protests, energizing the country’s NGO scene in the process. Though Prime Minister Robert Fico encouraged an investigation into several organizers, whom he denigrated as foreign-funded saboteurs, he eventually caved to popular pressure and resigned.
- Independent Media score declined from 5.25 to 5.00. Kuciak’s assassination marked the first time a journalist had been killed in modern Slovakia’s history. Press freedom in the country was also adversely affected by government interference in the state broadcaster, which saw dozens of reports sacked or otherwise forced out of their jobs, coupled with hateful rhetoric from the office of Prime Minister Robert Fico.
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