NEWS IN SHORT

Fico loses libel case against Plus 7 Dní

THE LEADER of Slovakia’s largest opposition party, Robert Fico, lost a lawsuit against the publisher of the Plus 7 Dní weekly, the SITA newswire reported, adding that the decision of Bratislava’s Regional Court was delivered to the publisher on November 10. The regional court confirmed a previous ruling made by a district court in March 2009.

THE LEADER of Slovakia’s largest opposition party, Robert Fico, lost a lawsuit against the publisher of the Plus 7 Dní weekly, the SITA newswire reported, adding that the decision of Bratislava’s Regional Court was delivered to the publisher on November 10. The regional court confirmed a previous ruling made by a district court in March 2009.

Fico filed the libel suit against Plus 7 Dní, demanding an apology plus damages of €33,000, in response to an article in which the editor-in-chief of the weekly, Miloš Luknár, expressed several ironic opinions about a meeting that Fico had held with Colonel Muammar Gaddafi, the leader of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, the official name for Libya, SITA reported.

According to the deputy editor-in-chief of Plus 7 Dní, Radovan Kyška, the content of Fico’s talk with Gaddafi was not made public and only after journalists insisted did Fico say that he had spoken with Gaddafi about a fight against global imperialism. Fico argued in the lawsuit that this was not true and that was why he demanded the apology from the weekly and the award of damages. The verdict of the regional court cannot be appealed.


Get daily Slovak news directly to your inbox

Top stories

Ondrej Ďurica (first left) and Milan Mazurek (second left) are among those leaving ĽSNS.

News digest: The far right is falling apart

One person died after being vaccinated in Slovakia. Almost 2.6 million people tested so far.

6 h
Igor Matovič celebration his election victory on March 1, 2020.

It was a long time ago and it never happened anyway

How much of the present will be intelligible through the kaleidoscopic lens of digital media in just a few years – or even months?

7 h

Worse-off districts in Slovakia should undergo another round of testing

It is necessary to carry a negative COVID-19 test result from January 27 to at least February 2.

12 h
White Crow laureates (l-r): Andrej Belák, Jolana and Štefan Náther, Jaroslav Macek

The stories of White Crow laureates show how important it is to speak up against injustice

The awards went to four initiatives in justice, education, health care and minorities.

25. jan