ATTACK ON CZECH JOURNALIST
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From: Josef Schrabal
To: europe@cpj.org
Subject: Attack on the Chief Editor of Respect in Prague
Copies to: redakce@respekt.cz
Date sent: Sat, 17 Jan 2004 19:48:54 -0500

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January 17th, 2004: ATTACK ON CZECH JOURNALIST

The editor-in-chief of the prestigious independent weekly Respekt Tomas Nemecek is in hospital Bulovka after being attacked by unknown assailants on (January 17th) Saturday morning.

The attack took place outside Mr Nemecek's home in Prague. Two men estimated to be in their early twenties assaulted the journalist by first spraying tear gas in his face and kicking him repeatedly in the head. The assailants then escaped the scene, leaving passers- by to take Mr. Nemecek to hospital. There he was treated for cuts and bruises and a mild concussion.

Neither money nor valuables were stolen.

Police have begun investigating whether the assault was a chance happening or a motivated attack against Mr. Nemecek's paper, currently involved in lawsuits with several businesses, political groups and government members. Now also pending articles on the sale of arms from the Czech Republic. The highly respected Respect is involved in a long list of investigative reporting reaching to the highest level in the Czech Republic and perhaps extending as far as New York and the United Nations.

This was just a few days after the Prague’s court directed Respect to apologize to the interior ministry Stanislav Gross (under his jurisdiction is the Czech police) for writing about his telephone calls to a prostitution house. The court refused any monitory damages despite that Gross secured testimony of the cultural ministry Pavel Dostal and the ministry of education Petra Buzkova.

All About the RESPEKT Launched in 1990 - Editors - first independent source of information after the fall of communism in 1989

Some Respect articles in english:
Slovakia's Roma Knocking at the Door(Respekt 50/2003)
The end of Israeli self-deception (43/2003)
Sweden's Silent Divisions Find a Voice(40/2003)
Czechs and the EU Border Towns( 20/2003)
Atta’s Trip to Prague (43/2002)
For More Beautiful But More Expensive Prague (37/2002)
Secret Agents of the Clerk Srba - Kavan the Coordinator(33/2002)
Incident in Dublin (33/2002)
I am going against Castro (29/2002)
Czech Ways of Bribery(29/2002)
Up to the Last Minister (28/2002)
What Špidla Holds (27/2002)
Highway Robbery (26/2002)
After all, nobody killed him. (25/2002)
Beware, Nikita Is Watching You (24/2002)
ODS and KSÈM - Natural Allies against ÈSSD and Coalition (22/2002)
Missiles for Saddam (21/2002)
The Richest Czech Keeps a Secret (20/2002)
Watch Out - Censorship!!! (19/2002)
ODS Does not Vote for EU (18/2002)
Dark Clouds Are Gathering (18/2002)
We All Landed in This Mess (18/2002)
Gripens, or NATO (17/2002)
Story of Dealer Šlouf (16/2002)
Corruption and Punishment (16/2002)
Not Only Corruption But Censorship As Well (15/2002)
Committed Friend of the Chief of BIS (15/2002)
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S LETTER TO THE PUBLIC PROTECTOR OF RIGHTS
Corruption in Prague (14/2002)
Security clearance finished, forget it (13/2002)
The dark path of Russian billions (12/2002)
Russia's debt a prime-time issue again
The Swiss falcon shows the white feather

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