Eesti Päevaleht apologized to Minister of Economic Affairs Urve Palo for misquoting her in an article concerning the Tallinn TV tower.
The article, published on June 29, cited Palo as saying the tower should remain in state ownership because “you can see the enemy approaching from there.” The daily said on Wednesday that the minister did not actually say the sentence.
The ministry issued a statement on July 2, saying the article breached good journalistic conduct and damaged Palo's reputation. The ministry also said the misquote threatened internal security by instigating ethnic hatred – a Russian language version of the story went a step further and referred to “Russia” instead of the “enemy” approaching.
Palo also turned to the courts on July 2.