Yes, it has echoes of the Communist era, but, no, it happened only a short time ago. The McClatchy News Service reports that Slovakia's equivalent to the FBI has admitted it recently spied on journalists in that country.
The Slovak Spectator adds that the fallout from the scandal has been quick.
Ľubomír Galko, a nominee of the Freedom and Solidarity (SaS) party, has been fired as the country’s defence minister. Slovak Prime Minister Iveta Radičová asked President Ivan Gašparovič to dismiss Galko on the heels of a scandal over the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS), which operates under the Ministry of Defence, and its interception of the telephone calls of journalists. Announcing Galko’s dismissal on November 23, Radičová and Gašparovič said they did not know who would replace him as defence minister but stated they would meet soon to discuss the issue.