The South East Europe Media Organisation (SEEMO) condemned today a criminal defamation charges with suspended prison sentence to journalist Lukas Milan ( Lukáš Milan) in Slovakia. The sentence is a 18-month imprisonment with three-year condition. Additional the sentence includes a three-year ban on practicing journalism.
The journalist was investigating alleged corruption linked to leading politicians in the country. The charges were based on the story entitled “Kosice’s (Košice’s) Octopus” Milan wrote in 2015 for the Plus 7 Dní magazine. The article was about the Slovak health care system and distributing blood plasma.
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