4 Dec 2017

Former Supreme Court president sued for contributing to conspiracy media

This case triggered an interesting debate in Slovakia. Being a public official, how much can you communicate in the media, especially the ones known to foster conspiracy theories?

Ria Gehrerová
Ria Gehrerová Denník N, Slovakia
Source: Denník N
Former Supreme Court president sued for contributing to conspiracy media - NewsMavens
Štefan Harabin. Image from Wikimedia Commons

Why this story matters:

politics, scandal

A former Supreme Court president, Štefan Harabin, is a frequent guest of media notorious for stoking up unverified facts and conspiracy theories. In addition, he has his own program on the conspiracy radio channel called "Harabin on law".

Special prosecutor Dušan Kováčik filed a criminal complaint against Harabin on the grounds that he regularly questions the independence of Slovak judiciary.

The Minister of Justice, Lucia Žitňanská, joined Mr. Kováčik in criticizing Harabin. She believes that his claims crossed the line of judicial ethics.

This case triggered an interesting debate in Slovakia. Being a public official, how much can you communicate in the media, especially the ones known to foster conspiracy theories?

Harabin argues that he is only executing his freedom of speech. Now, it is up to the Judicial Council of Slovakia to establish if he is right.

Details from the story:

  • Štefan Harabin is a highly influential public figure, who still has relatively substantial authority in the judiciary.
  • At the time being, there are 9 ongoing disciplinary proceedings against Harabin.
  • The Slovaks are debating whether it is appropriate for a public official to appear on and collaborate with conspiracy media.
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