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Editor of independent weekly attacked

New York, January 20, 2004--The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns this weekend's attack on Tomas Nemecek, editor-in-chief of the independent weekly Respekt, which is based in the Czech Republic's capital, Prague.

On Saturday, January 17, two unidentified men in their early 20s assaulted Nemecek while he was leaving a grocery store near his home in Prague. The men sprayed tear gas in Nemecek's face, threw him to the ground, and repeatedly kicked him in the head and chest, according to local press reports.
January 20, 2004 12:00 PM ET
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