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Journalist posed as police officer to wrangle information

A journalist working for the Nový čas daily faces charges for impersonating a police investigator. The Sme daily quoted police as saying that the journalist did so in order to obtain family photos and detailed information about a car accident in which a woman she visited was involved.

A journalist working for the Nový čas daily faces charges for impersonating a police investigator. The Sme daily quoted police as saying that the journalist did so in order to obtain family photos and detailed information about a car accident in which a woman she visited was involved.

After approaching the wife of the driver who caused the accident, the journalist explained she was an officer with the traffic police and wanted to go over the course of events one more time. However, a story about the accident appeared in Nový čas the next day, featuring a photograph of the driver as well as details about the injuries of his wife, the woman who was approached by the journalist. The woman said that if she had known that the visitor was actually a journalist, she would not have told her anything, Sme wrote on Monday, April 15.

The car accident took place last June in Mokrý háj, when a male drunk driver crashed into five people, two of whom later died. If convicted of harming other people’s rights, pretending to be a public official and violating house freedom in a grave way, the journalist faces up to five years in prison, Sme quoted Trnava police spokesperson Marta Kredatusová. The editor-in-chief of Nový čas, Júlia Kováčová, criticised the police for informing the media before the charges were officially delivered to the journalist, and thus refused to comment on the charge.

(Source: Sme)
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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