Parliamentary Speaker refuses to show his academic work 

When journalists asked Slovak Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko to prove his claim to the title "Doctor of Law", he signed a document forbidding his university from sharing anything about his thesis with the public.

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Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Parliamentary Speaker refuses to show his academic work  - NewsMavens
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Why this story matters:

Slovakia, like Spain, has a history of struggling with fake degrees.

After a similar scandal in Czechia, when a minister stepped down because she was revealed to have plagiarized for her thesis from another source, Slovak journalists decided to check the educational credentials of Slovak politicians as well.

When a journalist from Dennik N could not find the thesis, she contacted Danko, but he refused to answer her questions. She then published an article questioning the legitimacy of his title. A few days later, his university restricted access to his thesis.

The head of the Faculty of Natural Sciences of the biggest Slovak university subsequently published an open letter in which he asked Andrej Danko to show his thesis to the public because the scandal is destroying the image of Slovak universities. Danko said that the speculation about his work is the work of conspiracy theorists.

Details from the story:

  • In September, an article about the missing university thesis of the Parliamentary Speaker Andrej Danko was published.
  • When journalists sent him questions about it, Danko decided to restrict access to it.
  • This is not Andrej Danko's first scandal connected to his titles. He is also known as "Captain Danko" because he received the title of "captain" from the Slovak minister of defense.
  • Andrej Danko is the leader of the country's political party SNS (Slovak National Party).
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