Controversial Prosecution of Filmmaker Piussi Stopped
The Slovak police have halted the criminal prosecution of film-maker Zuzana Piussi over her documentary film Nemoc tretej moci (Disease of the Third Power, 2011) about problems of the Slovak judiciary.
Trencin regional police spokeswoman Elena Antalova said a judge who sued Piussi has withdrawn her criminal complaint. Bratislava judge Helena Kozikova complained that Piussi shot her without her knowledge. Piussi said Kozikova knew about being filmed. Piussi faced up to two years in prison.
A number of Slovak personalities and NGOS protested against Piussi’s prosecution. Dozens of Czech film-makers sent a letter to Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic in support of Piussi last year. Piussi’s latest documentary film, Od Fica do Fica (From Fico to Fico), also attracted public attention.
Bratislava multiplexes refused to screen the film From Fico to Fico, but people can download it on the Internet. The film shows how Prime Minister Robert Fico’s previous left-wing government was replaced by the right-wing four-party coalition government of Iveta Radicova in mid-2010. A corruption scandal, dubbed the Gorilla, erupted at the close of Radicova’s rule, paving the way for Fico’s crushing majority in the early elections in March 2012. Source: CTK
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