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Slovakia: Journalist sentenced for defaming his country

December 12, 2000 12:00 AM ET

Your Excellency, The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) is writing to express its dismay over recent defamation charges brought against Vladimir Mohorita, a journalist with the Slovak weekly Zmena. On March 16, Mohorita received a registered letter from the Bratislava 2 Regional Court informing him that unspecified, undated criminal charges had been filed against him. Mohorita received another registered letter two days later, explaining that the charges had in fact been filed two weeks earlier. The letter added that, having reached a decision on March 7, the court was sentencing him to four months in prison under Article 102 of the Slovak Penal Code for "publicly defaming the country and its officials."

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Attacks on the Press 1999: Europe & Central Asia Analysis

March 22, 2000 12:10 PM ET

By Chrystyna Lapychak Wars in Yugoslavia and Chechnya dominated regional and international headlines in 1999. The conflicts raised the journalists' death toll in the region and prompted crackdowns, as governments blocked access to war zones and engaged in propaganda campaigns....

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Attacks on the Press 1999: Slovakia

March 22, 2000 12:02 PM ET

Slovak media function in an increasingly competitive market that has forced many newspapers and broadcasters out of business. Slovakia's economic difficulties have put pressure on the advertising market, which is dominated by national dailies and magazines. The editorial policies of most media outlets are largely independent of the government and...

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