Organisation Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News to go further News Receive email alerts February 4, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Slovak premier visits RSF, encouraged to turn his country into “press freedom model for Europe” Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns well-known Slovak investigative reporter Ján Kuciak’s murder during the weekend and calls on the authorities to ensure that those responsible are punished. He is the second journalist to be murdered in a European Union country in the past five months. RSF_en Follow the news on Slovakia SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeViolence News SlovakiaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists CorruptionOrganized crimeViolence Slovakia is ranked 17th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, five places lower than in 2016. Help by sharing this information February 26, 2018 – Updated on November 7, 2019 RSF appalled by investigative reporter’s murder in Slovakia News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive The bodies of Kuciak and his partner were found last night at Veľká Mača, 50 km east of the Slovak capital, Bratislava. Both had reportedly been shot several times. The interior ministry confirmed their deaths this morning to the newspaper Dennik N.Aged 27, Kuciak specialized in covering large-scale tax fraud for the Aktuality.sk news website. His last article was about the activities of Marián Kočner, a Slovak businessman with controversial links to several politicians. “An investigative reporter has yet again been murdered in a European Union country,” said Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We call for an investigation in order to establish the exact circumstances of Ján Kuciak’s death and we demand that the authorities shed all possible light on this case, especially as he and those close to him had been threatened in recent months.” This is the fifth case of a journalist or journalists being murdered in an EU country in the past ten years. Investigative reporter and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was murdered in Malta on 16 October 2017. Seven Charlie Hebdo journalists were massacred in Paris on 7 January 2015. Greek radio station manager Sokratis Giolias was gunned down with an automatic weapon outside his home in 2010. And Croat newspaper editor Ivo Pukanic was killed outside his newspaper by a bomb planted next to his car in 2008.