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Blog: Trial in murder of Slovak journalist reveals depth of loss

The murder of Slovak investigative journalism Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in February 2018 sparked the biggest upheaval in Slovak society since the Velvet Revolution that brought down communism 30 years ago. Protests forced out a prime minister who had called journalists anti-Slovak prostitutes and slimy snakes, along with his justice minister and […]

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Slovakia: Press freedom groups welcome start of Kuciak murder trial

Ten international and regional press freedom and journalism groups, including the International Press Institute (IPI), today issued a statement welcoming the start of the murder trial against four suspects accused of murdering Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, in Februrary 2018. Read the full statement below. Press freedom groups welcome start of trial […]

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Kuciak Trial Day Two: Key witness implicates mastermind

Four suspects are on trial in Slovakia for the February 2018 murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and fiancée Martina Kušnírová. IPI is attending the trial in Pezinok, Slovakia as an observer. Follow @globalfreemedia for live reports. Daily summaries will be published on IPI’s website.  PEZINOK, Slovakia – A key prosecution witness today testified in court that […]

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Kuciak Trial Day One: Alleged hitman pleads guilty

PEZINOK, Slovakia – An alleged hitman plead guilty today in a Slovak court to murdering journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kušnírová in February 2018. Miroslav Marček, a former solider, testified that he shot Kuciak on February 21, 2018 at the home he and Kušnírová shared in Velka Maca. He said that he then […]

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