PRESS RELEASE : 26TH FEBRUARY 2018
The Institute of Maltese Journalists (L-Istitut tal-Ġurnalisti Maltin – IĠM) strongly condemns the murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak. Mr Kuciak was found murdered at his home in Velka Maca, Slovakia.
According to the Slovak Head of Police Tibor Gaspar, “Jan Kuciak’s murder was most probably related to the journalist’s investigative work”. Mr Kuciak had been investigating the business dealings of former Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak.
In condemning Mr Kuciak’s murder, IĠM Acting Chairperson Ms Norma Saliba urged for an independent and impartial investigation to be carried out in Slovakia. “Mr Kuciak’s is yet another murder of an investigative journalist in an EU member state.”
Daphne Caruana Galizia’s shocking murder in Malta brought to the fore the continuous pressure exerted against members of the Fourth Estate even in European countries where press freedom is considered to be a fundamental right.
In this context and as IĠM had stated last December, following the arrest of three suspects, we also urge the Maltese authorities to bring to justice the masterminds behind Ms Caruana Galizia’s murder.
As IĠM we urge the competent authorities to conduct investigations and to ensure that Mr Kuciak’s murderers are brought to justice. We also call for competent authorities to foster a media-friendly environment which would allow journalists to operate without fear of revenge or retribution.