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Government may charge Zmena editor-in-chief

The cabinet announced on November 29 that it would request the Attorney General to examine whether Vladimír Mohorita, the editor-in-chief of the nationalist Zmena weekly, could be criminally charged for an article he wrote concerning the government's decision to allow NATO flights over Slovak territory during the Kosovo crisis.

The government wants to determine the legality of statements like "Slovaks! Let's reject this government of mass murderers," "crazy Satanists from the US and NATO are killing Slovaks," and "Clinton is a student of Hitler, Dzurinda's government is Clinton's servant." Mohorita also described Slovakia's NATO co-operation as a "shameful and fratricidal act."

Juraj Hrabko, whom the cabinet authorised to investigate the case, said that an eventual complaint against Mohorita may be filed. A former journalist, Hrabko said he did not consider an eventual lawsuit as an attack against the independence of media and added that the government would not seek damages in compensation.

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News digest: Health care staff still lacking, president asks for amends

Slovakia is preparing to launch the nationwide testing on Saturday morning, but the government admitted they still need hundreds of health care staff. Kotleba violates quarantine and hospitals in the north are full.

The Bratislava Self-Governing Region started testing its staff on October 30.

Testing is impossible to carry out as planned, president says

President Zuzana Čaputová asked the government to reconsider measures for people who do not get tested, many will not get a chance.

President Zuzana Čaputová met with the representatives of the armed forces.

The big test is upon us. What are we to do?

For a foreigner living in Slovakia, there is yet another concern.

Health care professionals still lacking ahead of Saturday's testing

Government avoids mobilisation for now, PM offers an extra bonus to health care professionals who can serve the whole weekend.

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