Savisaar sues political funding watchdog for revealing sensitive data ({{commentsTotal}})

Center Party head and Tallinn Mayor Edgar Savisaar, a stern critic of the Political Party Funding Oversight Committee (ERJK), has taken the committee to court for publishing classified data on a case involving Savisaar.

The case involves the ETV program “Pealtnägija” which aired on January 14 publishing a precept for Savisaar. The program also published exempts from opinions of experts on the case involving Savisaar.

According to the Political Parties Act, the committee must keep all received information classified.

“The unlawful publishing of the date influenced public opinion illegally during a politically sensitive time,” Oliver Nääs, Savisaar's representative, said.

He added that precept was aired on national television even before it was sent to Savisaar himself.

The program itself focused on Tallinn city ads, saying many of the ad campaigns run by the city were politically motivated and served purposes other than promoting the city's services. ERJK asked Savisaar to return 108,000 euros for a Tallinn taxpayer-funded ad campaign.

Savisaar said at the end of January that the committee should be disbanded as it is biased.

Editor: J.M. Laats