31 may - 4 june 2023

The Killing of a Journalist

Sat 3 June | 16:30 - 17:30 | De Balie | Grote Zaal
Sophie Rutenfrans
Programme editor

The Killing of a Journalist tells the story of the 2018 murders of OCCRP’s Slovak colleague Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. An investigative journalist who used leaked police files from the murder investigation to uncover vast corruption at the highest levels of Slovak society.

In 2018, Slovakia was rated amongst the most corrupt countries in the EU. In the same year, the problem of corruption exploded in the eyes of the public when an investigative reporter, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée were brutally murdered outside their home. Kuciak had frightened the political elite by investigating the links between them and organised crime. It sparked national demonstrations and ultimately brought down the government.

During this event we will watch and discuss the documentary and talk about the corruption in Slovakia, concerning the past, present and future of the country that is part of the European Union. How is it that journalists are not safe within the European Union, and how is it possible that such misconduct can happen in our common space?

About the OCCRP
OCCRP exposes and explains the relationship between money and power and serves as a catalyst that arms others with the information needed to drive positive change. As investigative journalists, they expose crime and corruption at the highest levels. Using these revelations, advocates can press for policy reform and package information for law enforcement, which has the authority to act on evidence and deliver justice. Policymakers can point to investigative findings to pass legislation and advance reforms. Citizens who read our work get the information they need to act and organize on their own behalf.



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