Investigative journalist Ján Kuciak's murder: to make this murder the last!
On Thursday 18 April in Strasbourg, MEPs strongly condemned the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, which took place just four months after Daphne Caruana Galizia’s murder. Both were journalists specialising in tax fraud cases.
Through this resolution adopted almost unanimously, the European Parliament reiterates the need to do everything in its power to ensure that these murders are fully and independently investigated. More generally, MEPs recall the crucial importance of the role of investigative journalists, vigilant guardians of democracy, as well as whistle-blowers. In addition, Parliament calls on the Commission and the Council to act against corruption, in particular through the establishment of the European Public Prosecutor's Office, whose objective is to promote coordinated action in the Union to combat fraud.
This challenge to freedom of the press, in its most serious form, is intolerable, as the French MEP Nathalie GRIESBECK, ALDE coordinator of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs reminds us: "Any act affecting freedom of expression calls into question the rule of law and democracy! We condemn this violence, but we must also take concrete action to protect journalists and against fraud and corruption!