Interior Minister Palko under prosecution for libel

THE SPECIAL Prosecutor's Office launched a criminal prosecution on Monday against Interior Minister Vladimír Palko on suspicion of a crime of libel in connection with the minister's statements on a live interview on private TV Markíza, news wire SITA reported.

In September, Palko publicly accused the reporters of the television station of being corrupt. Markíza reporters and part of the management and shareholders filed a motion against Palko.

During the show, Palko also said that Markíza serves people who want to undermine the authority of the police. When asked by the interviewer whether he meant that Markiza TV served the mafia, he said that this is partly true. In a final statement, he called Markiza the disgrace of the Slovak media.

Last year, the media watchdog Council for Broadcast and Retransmission (RVR) criticised Markíza for biased reporting in favour of the New Citizen's Alliance (ANO) party, founded by former director and co-owner of the television, Pavol Rusko.

Compiled by Beata Balogová from press reports
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