One year ago, a killer snuffed out the lives of an investigative journalist working on one of the biggest stories of his career and the woman he intended to marry. In day-by-day detail, OCCRP outlines how the assassinations transpired and what happened in the aftermath.
A Belgian mobster was able to smuggle tons of cocaine into Europe by hiding it in fruit shipments. When the time came to launder the profits, he looked to Slovakia.
A former model hired as an assistant by Slovakia’s Prime Minister once did business with a man connected to Italy’s notorious ‘Ndrangheta mafia.
Agricultural land in Slovakia ended up in the hands of families linked to the Italian 'Ndrangheta — who then used it to benefit from EU farm subsidies.
As soon as journalists published the last investigation of their murdered colleague, Slovak reporter Jan Kuciak, they immediately focused on another important issue: Why was he killed? And how did his killers know that he was working on a story about them?
The Slovakian government covered up EU fund misappropriation schemes exposed by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak, President Andrej Kiska said in an open letter on Monday.
A woman who allegedly ordered the brutal murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiance was among the suspects that were detained last week by Slovak police, local media reported on Monday.
The situation concerning freedom of media is “alarming” as only a fraction of the world’s population enjoys a free press, an EU official warned on Wednesday. Experts want new laws to protect investigative journalists.
Slovak Interior Minister Tomas Drucker resigned on Monday saying he could not appease public demands to fire the country’s police chief because he has no evidence against him, Reuters reported Monday.
Support for Slovakia’s ruling party, Smer, has dropped by four percent since the February mass protests over the murder of a journalist who was investigating links between Slovak politicians and organized crime.
Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on Thursday following mass protests and political turmoil over the murder of a journalist who delved into corruption and links between organized crime and politics.
Slovak Interior Minister Robert Kalinak, resigned on Monday following large anti-government protests that erupted when details of the murder of journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée were released.
Family members and friends buried murdered journalist Jan Kuciak on Saturday in the town of Stiavnik as tens of thousands of Slovaks protested in the capital of Bratislava against the government.
Lawmakers in the EU Parliament called on Thursday for an independent investigation into the deaths of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée.
Antonino Vadala, Bruno Vadala, and Pietro Catroppa have been detained by Slovak police in their investigation of the murders of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiancee.
Three government officials have resigned following the death of investigative reporter Jan Kuciak and the revelations in his last story published earlier today by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), the Czech Center for Investigative Journalism (CCIJ), and the Investigative Reporting Project Italy (IRPI).
A Slovak investigative journalist and his girlfriend were found shot dead in their home in a village east of Bratislava following a call to the police from a worried family member.
The EU cannot accept that a journalist is killed for doing his job. I call on Slovak authorities to launch a thorough investigation, with international support, if needed, for Jan Kuciak.
I am shaken and terrified that something like this could happen in Slovakia. The coldblooded murder of young people is an atrocity that has to be punished. We have to find the people who did this and secure the safety of journalists.
Slovakia can’t be a country where journalists are murdered.
In open, democratic societies journalists must be able to work freely and safely. This horrific crime calls for a determined investigation and the swift prosecution of those responsible.
The killing or intimidation of journalists has no place in Europe, no place in any democracy.
We cannot accept a new reality in which journalists become regular targets for attack because of their investigative work.
The murder of a journalist is a serious signal that crime is directed against one of the main pillars of freedom: freedom of expression and the right of citizens to control the powerful and those who violate laws. We, the editors-in-chief, are calling on the state to take all the necessary steps - not only in the search for the perpetrators, but also to create safe working conditions for journalists.
We take this murder as an unprecedented act against investigative journalism and free media in Slovakia. We call on the authorities to enforce the law and investigate the murder of these two persons. All attacks against journalists in our country must stop.
If the link to [Jan’s] death due to his investigative work is proven, this would be a very worrying signal for journalism in the European Union. We urge the authorities to resolve the case and make sure that the mastermind is brought to justice.
This murder was an attack on the basic principle of a lawful democratic state and on freedom of speech and the press, which are among the constitutional rights of Slovak citizens. This is clearly also a dire consequence of the climate engendered by systematic long-term aggressive verbal attacks on journalists by various leading state representatives. At the same time, we are asking precisely how Slovakia protects those who put themselves at risk when uncovering anti-social activities or wrongdoing?