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Czech Public Aghast Over Pokemon

Many citizens in the Czech Republic are aghast over the premiere of POKEMON on the public TV network, Slovak TV. The Slovak media council has complained that the show has a negative psychological effect on children due to its level of violence. Because the station is a public broadcaster, the council has the right to ban the program. If done, this move could destroy Slovak TV. The station is currently in dire financial straits, owing over a million dollars to various companies for purchases made over the past three years. Slovak TV reportedly paid 13 million Slovak crowns (US$275,000) to obtain POKEMON. Slovak TV said it obtained POKEMON because it wanted to air a series that represented the changing face of children's programming worldwide.

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