THREE-TIME PM Vladimir Meciar lunged for a photojournalist’s camera and broke the camera’s flash. Novy Cas photojournalist Iveta Komendova was on assignment at Kosice-Saca, a private hospital where Meciar is being treated for breathing problems, when she took the picture.
According to the SME daily, Komendova snapped a photo of Mecier, who then attacked her by grabbing her by the camera, which she had hanging on her neck. Meciar demanded that she give him the film. When Komendova refused, Meciar broke the camera's flashlight. The incident took place September 30.
Komendova filed a criminal complaint against Meciar. Police have already started investigating the case. Meciar said that he would pay for the damages he caused to the camera.
Novy Cas stands behind their reporter. Meciar's party, Movement for a Democratic Slovakia, however, defended their boss in a statement.
“There are ethical limits that not even tabloids such as Novy Cas should transgress.”
Meciar has a history of clashing with journalists. Before the 2002 parliamentary elections, he attacked a reporter from JOJ TV. The reporter had asked Meciar how he had financed his luxurious villa, Elektra, in Trencianske Teplice.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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1. Oct 2004 at 9:45