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OSCE reacts to Slovak wiretapping

DUNJA Mijatović, the representative for Freedom of the Media from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), expressed the concern of her organisation over the wiretapping of journalists in Slovakia and asked government authorities to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation in a statement published on the OSCE website on November 25.

DUNJA Mijatović, the representative for Freedom of the Media from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), expressed the concern of her organisation over the wiretapping of journalists in Slovakia and asked government authorities to ensure a prompt and thorough investigation in a statement published on the OSCE website on November 25.

“Eavesdropping and surreptitious surveillance of journalists endangers media freedom and is against international standards and OSCE commitments,” wrote Mijatović.

The OSCE reaction was in response to a story broken by the Pravda and Nový Čas dailies on November 21 that has caused serious concern in the media: three Pravda reporters had been tapped by the Military Defence Intelligence (VOS) of Slovakia’s Defence Ministry.

Nový Čas reported that the phone of the chief of Slovakia’s news television channel TA3 had also been tapped, claiming that it had transcripts of the phone conversations made by the VOS.

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