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Slovakia’s First-Ever Journalist Murder Seen Linked To Corruption Story

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A Slovak journalist who reported on economic crimes linked to politicians was murdered at his home with his girlfriend, in an attack the police said was “most likely” because of his investigative work.

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Jan Kuciak, a 27 year-old reporter at the aktuality.sk news website, was found shot dead with his partner on Sunday in their home in Velka Maca, western Slovakia, Police President Tibor Gaspar told journalists in Bratislava. It was the first-ever high-profile murder of a journalist in the former-communist European Union country. Given the likely motive, police will provide protection for other journalists working for aktuality.sk, he said.

“Slovakia has never faced such an unprecedented attack on a journalist,” Gaspar said. “The most likely scenario is a motive linked to his investigative journalism…”

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