V4 Report: Slovakia: Ján Kuciak, Slovak Journalist “Murdered For His Work”. Murder of investigative reporter and possible Italian mafia involvement in fraud linked to European Union subsidies in Slovakia.
“What Russians and Italians have been doing… particularly connected with European funds has been under-reported, and Jan had his teeth into one of those stories,” said Bratislava-based investigative journalist, Tom Nicholson.
– EU funds? No doubt, the vast amounts of cash being doled out by Brussels is ripe for corruption and abuse….and acts as a magnet to attract the “dark side” of the criminal underworld.
However, the mafia’s involvement is not isolated to Slovakia alone. It is everywhere. One only has to look at the fraud and corruption tied to the “refugee industry” in Italy, where EU funds are flowing like water. Even the Nigerian mafia is said to be operating there.
https://www.theguardian.com/…/migrants-more-profitable-than… 👉Crime families have cashed in on the ‘refugee industry’. By Barbie Latza Nadeau
** Kuciak’s last story for Aktuality, on Feb. 9, looked at transactions by firms linked to businessman Marian Kocner and connected to a Bratislava luxury apartment complex that became the center of a political scandal last year.
Jan Kuciak, 27, and his partner Martina Kusnirova were found shot dead in their house in Velka Maca, east of Bratislava, on Sunday evening.
The news that the journalist was most likely murdered for exposing corruption in high office has raised concern for democracy and freedom of the press.
– This is a first (as far as we know) in Slovakia but it follows other alarming trends, such as in Malta in October. A car bomb killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, who had accused people close to the prime minister of corruption. The most visible attack on journalists occurred in January of 2015 when gunmen shot dead 12 people at the Paris office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in a militant Islamist attack.
Whether motivated by money, politics, greed, religion or any other reason, this type of deranged behavior must not be tolerated. Open debate is a must for a free society and no government entity, individual or organization should be allowed to intimidate others into silence. Nor should government officials attempt to suppress free speech by creating filters and roadblocks designed to shield them from criticism.
“If it is proven that the death of the investigative reporter was connected with his journalistic work, it would be an unprecedented attack on freedom of speech and democracy in Slovakia,” Prime Minister Robert Fico said.
While not passing judgement until the investigation is finished and the facts are in, we have a feeling this may be the beginning of the end for the current government of Robert Fico in Slovakia.
In addition, we would strongly caution against using EU monies to reward states for accepting migrants. One can only imagine the fraud and abuse that would occur with this adventure.