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NGOs announce White Crow awards

FORESTER Jan Mičovský, university staffer Zuzana Melicherčíková and civic activist Marek Božík have all received White Crow awards for 2010.

FORESTER Jan Mičovský, university staffer Zuzana Melicherčíková and civic activist Marek Božík have all received White Crow awards for 2010.

The prizes were awarded by two NGOs, the Fair-Play Alliance and Via Iuris, to honour Slovaks who seek to improve the country by taking personal risks and challenging improper activities as whistleblowers.

Jan Mičovský, a former employee of the state-run forestry company Lesy SR, was sacked by his employer after he wrote an open letter to state authorities about individuals in management stealing or misusing the company’s assets.

When he was joined in his protests by other employees, the company’s general director resigned but the additional rebellious employees were sacked as well.

After the new government changed personnel at Lesy SR, Mičovský was given the chance to return to the company but declined the offer.

Civic activist Marek Božík has been fighting for construction of a town park in Bardejov since 2007 that was slated for the site of former barracks.

Even though the park was included in the town’s master plan the town council dumped the plan without good reason.

The third White Crow was bestowed on a former employee of the Faculty of Law of Comenius University in Bratislava. Zuzana Melicherčíková had reported suspicious facts concerning the acceptance procedures for new law students to the university’s rector.


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