The Deputy Chairman of the National Council (NR) of the Slovak Republic, Juraj Šeliga (For the People), expects the head of the General Prosecutor’s Office (GP) of the Slovak Republic, Maroš Žilinka, to check the information on the monitoring of journalist Monika Tódová He said this at a press conference on Thursday. He talks about intimidating journalists and creating a false image also about law enforcement agencies by the opposition. Direction President Robert Fico denies that he should know anything about following the journalist. According to him, this is media manipulation.
If the case of monitoring the journalist is not dealt with by the Attorney General, Šeliga will file a complaint. He claims that Smer wants to discredit journalists also because he is beginning to fear a possible statement by Marian Kočner. He also said the party was trying to portray law enforcement agencies and courts as those acting on political orders. “It simply came to our notice then. This is for examination, “he noted in connection with the possible follow-up of the journalist. He stressed that politicians have no right to interfere in the privacy of journalists. He also considers it questionable whether they do not follow the judge in the same way.
Fico declared that he had no idea if she was a monitored journalist. He talks about media manipulation and objects to the manner and context in which his commentary was published in a journal in which the journalist works. In it, Fico pointed to the close personal relations between journalists and judges. He claims that this affects the content of media reports as well as decisions of law enforcement agencies and courts. He argues that similar relationships between a politician and a businessman who gets into trouble with the law automatically lead such media to accuse the politician of complicity.
A spokeswoman for the Regional Directorate of the Police Force (PZ) in Prešov, Jana Ligdayová, told TASR that a member of the district department of the High Tatras PZ was prosecuting the offense of dangerous surveillance. ‘In the present case, procedural steps are currently being taken and the data obtained usable for the investigation process are being analyzed in order to clarify the act in question. In order not to frustrate the investigation, it is currently not possible to publish more information, “she added.
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