The International Press Institute (IPI) Slovakia on March 25 condemned the Slovak Supreme Court's claim for Trend weekly magazine to pay €200,000 in compensation for an investigative article on dubious assigning of court files that bypass the electronic registry.
IPI Slovakia views the demand as disgraceful and a 'liquidation' of the free media. "IPI Slovakia expresses its full support to the aforementioned weekly and calls for all responsible state bodies, institutions and individuals to reverse this and other attempts to restrict the free exchange of information in Slovakia," IPI Slovakia chair Pavol Múdry told the TASR newswire. Through incomplete data in (two) articles and through taking information out of the context, the articles suggest that unlawful assigning of court files at the Supreme Court is taking place," reads a note released by the Supreme Court. According to the Court, the articles have affected its solid reputation and have degraded its dignity. If Trend's publisher Trend Holding does not pay the compensation within 17 days, the Supreme Court threatens to take further legal action.
26. Mar 2010 at 11:00