“It’s unacceptable today in the European Union that a journalist can be killed in the course of his work.”
European Parliament President Tajani
“The protection of freedom of speech and the safety of journalists is our common priority and that it is extremely important to my government.”
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico
Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak (27) and his partner Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in their home. Both were found with single gunshot wounds on Sunday (February 25 2018). Follow us on Twitter: @Intel_Today
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“It seems that the most likely version is a motive connected to the investigative work of the journalist,” Slovak police chief Tibor Gaspar told a news conference.
Kuciak’s last article links the Italian mafia to high-level political corruption.
“In the unfinished article, he alleges that businessmen in eastern Slovakia – with links to Calabria’s notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia – are embezzling EU structural funds. He also claims that they have political ties in the country.”
Although most media have emphasized that angle of the story — not surprisingly as it involves a sexy topless model promoted to political assistant — I believe it is best not jump to conclusions at this early stage.
For instance, like Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, Kuciak had also worked on the Panama Papers scandal.
“Unacceptable that journalist can be killed in EU”, says EP President Tajani
During the European Parliament plenary session (28/02-01/03 2018) in Brussels, MEPs make a minute of silence in the memory of Jan KUCIAK, Slovak investigative reporter and his partner who were murdered in Slovakia.
Slovak Journalist Jan Kuciak Murdered For His Work