Editor-in-chief of a known conspiracy magazine indicted for extremism

Charges pertaining to a story published from May 2017.

(Source: Sme)

One of the best-known faces of Slovakia's disinformation scene is facing a court trial over extremism charges.

The prosecutor of Special Prosecutor’s Office pressed charges against editor-in-chief of the Zem a Vek magazine, Tibor Eliot Rostas.

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Rostas stands accused of the crime of spreading extremist material along with the misdemeanour of defamation of race and misdemeanour of instigation to national, racial and ethnical hatred, spokesperson of the prosecutor’s office Jana Tökölyová explained.

The criminal complaint refers to a story that appeared in the magazine in May 2017, named “Wedge of Jews among Slavs”. In it, Rostas cited the ideas of various historical personalities expressing negative attitudes towards the Jewish community.

The quotes were placed within a context that made it appear to readers as a statement that the Jewish community is the source of the bad social situation nowadays. Thereby, it provoked hatred against the Jewish community and the need to intervene against it. The magazine that published the story is distributed and sold in Slovakia and it could be purchased by anyone, Tökölyová noted.

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Rostas is charged with spreading extremist material and doing so publicly. He also publicly denigrated a group of people for their real or presumed affiliation with a certain race, nation or religion. He incited hatred, according to the document that states the charges.

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