Kočner boasts of being a “shareholder” in a conspiracy website

At the time, the Hlavné Správy website supported Smer with its reports.

Marian KočnerMarian Kočner (Source: TASR)

Mobster Marian Kočner described himself to Nitra-based businessman Norbert Bödör as a “shareholder” in the popular disinformation website, Hlavné Správy.

This stems from the communication between the two, published by the Postoj website.

The text messages were exchanged shortly after the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová.

“Do you read Hlavné Správy? They have about 90,000 to 100,000 clicks every day and about 700,000 people read them monthly. Interesting medium,” Kočner wrote to Bödör on February 24, 2018, as quoted by Postoj.

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“I read it regularly. Does Krajniak not belong to it?” Bödör replied.

“From March 1, I am ‘a shareholder’ there. But this information is only FOR YOU, please,” Kočner wrote.

Support for Smer and Kočner

When Kočner was imprisoned for forging promissory notes issued for the private broadcaster TV Markíza, Hlavné Správy published a text titled “Kočner also has the right to presumption of innocence”. It was written by a person signed as Adam Valec Michnovský, who was unknown until then.

The author writes, among other things, that everyone who had read the transcription of the phone call between Kočner and Kuciak, had to understand that Kočner did not threaten him. He only told him that as Kuciak was digging into his life, he would do the same, the story reads.

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Moreover, when Kočner became “a shareholder” in Hlavné Správy, the website became one of the most important media allies of Smer, the Denník N daily wrote.

The website, for example, reported that it supported the party by spreading conspiracy theories about George Soros, and described the protests that followed the double murder as an attempt at a Slovak coup. They also shared the speculations of ex-journalist turned spy Peter Tóth, who cooperated with Kočner, claiming that the real target of the murderer could have been Kušnírová, Denník N reported.

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