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Journalist murder shocks Slovakia

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posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 03:52 AM

The murder of a young investigative journalist and his fiancee has sparked a strong outcry from Slovak politicians, journalists and the wider public.

The reporter's research on alleged Italian mafia connections with EU farm funds in Slovakia has been suggested as a possible motive for assassination.

Police found the bodies of Jan Kuciak, 27, shot in the chest and his partner Martina Kusnirova, shot in the head, on late Sunday (25 February) in their home in Velka Maca, western Slovakia, following a call by Kusnirova's parents that they could not reach her for several days.

Kuciak wrote about serious economic crimes and illegal activities involving several high profile Slovak businessmen and their relations with top politicians.

Journalist murder shocks Slovakia

According to the Slovak SME daily on Tuesday Kuciak was also working on a story linking prime minister Robert Fico's assistant with an Italian businessman in Slovakia.

Among numerous tax frauds and public fund scandals, he covered the Panama papers – just like the Maltese blogger and reporter Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed in a car bomb blast last October.

Journalist killings in the European Union used to be extremely rare. Now we had two in only four months!

This is the fifth case of a journalist or journalists being murdered in an EU country in the past 10 years, RSF pointed out. Investigative reporter and blogger, Daphne Caruana Galizia, was murdered in Malta on October 16, 2017. Seven Charlie Hebdo journalists were massacred in Paris on January 7, 2017. Greek radio station manager, Socratis Guiolias, was gunned down with an automatic weapon outside his home in 2010. And Croat newspaper editor, Ivo Pukanic, was killed outside his newspaper by a bomb planted next to his car in 2008.

UPDATED: Investigative journalist killed in his house

Here are some ATS threads about the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia back in October:

Malta car bomb kills Panama Papers journalist

Malta Journalist Murder Linked To Paradise Papers?

BREAKING NEWS: Updated (2) - 10 arrested in connection with Daphne Caruana Galizia murder

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 04:01 AM
The terror of the filthy rich scum against the people goes on.
Seems about time that the people strike back!

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 04:10 AM
a reply to: DerBeobachter

The people need to wake from their slumber for that to happen.

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 04:21 AM

“My family warned the European Commission that with my mother’s assassination, Malta had set a new standard of permissible behaviour within the EU and that others would soon die if decisive action isn’t taken,” Andrew Caruana Galizia said. “Jan Kuciak could have been saved.”
Caruana Galizia Brothers React To Slovakian Journalist’s Murder

Andrew Breitbart
Michael Hastings
Daphne Caruana Galizia
Ján Kuciak

The canaries in democracy's coal mine are dying fast now! Another bit from the article linked above:

“Today Europe woke up to the news of a murder that reminds us, for the second time in a couple of months, that we haven't crawled out on all fours from barbarism,” Matthew Caruana Galizia said. “We've learned to put a tax on plastic bags, make vegan cheese and put double-glazed windows on all our houses. But when we have to decide seriously the question of whether corrupt politicians and the racketeers who corrupt them should be prosecuted or protected, we are helpless to find a way other than to allow the murder of those calling for the former.

“If the thunderclap of the car bomb that killed my mother on 16 October wasn't enough draw the attention of our capitals to the corruption and rule of law crisis that is strangling the periphery states of Europe, then add to that the sound of a gun going off and the thud of two bodies as they hit the ground.”

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 08:27 AM
a reply to: MindBodySpiritComplex
'When you tear out a man's tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you're only telling the world that you fear what he might say.'
The cult of wealth and power will collapse.

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 09:45 AM
a reply to: hopenotfeariswhatweneed

These journalists were killed because those they were investigating fear the truth coming out. In the case of Daphne Galizia it was a foolish act of revenge or perhaps to send a message or both.

What the corrupt politicians and their criminal cohorts don’t seem to get is it only takes a straw to break the camels back and that straw can’t be far from coming.

posted on Feb, 27 2018 @ 12:38 PM
a reply to: MindBodySpiritComplex

I don't know, in this era of anonymous sources and agenda driven fake news, making journalist look over their shoulder might be good for journalism. Truth in journalim is one of those nebulous things, more so recently. They need to live with a little fear that they might piss off the wrong people and find a horse head in their bed, if their lucky.

Just look at most news, the holier than thou shines through.

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