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Journalists in Danger

  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 21, 2019, 19:00 – 21:00

It is exactly a year since the death of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak. The talented reporter and his partner Martina Kušnírová were murdered on 21 February 2018. The investigative journalist wrote for the website and was writing about alleged links between the Italian mafia and top Slovak government officials. The crime rocked Slovakia, sparked the biggest demonstrations since the fall of communism and subsequently led to the resignations of interior minister Robert Kaliňák and prime minister Robert Fico and the departure of police chief Tibor Gašpar.

A total of 80 journalists were killed in 2018. Another 348 were imprisoned and 60 held in captivity. Is the role of a journalist becoming ever more arduous? Why is trust in journalists waning? What can journalists do to improve the reputation of their profession among the public?

Guests: Ján Kuciak’s former Michal Badín, a Slovak journalist from, investigative reporter Jiří Kubík of Seznam Zprávy and journalist Pavla Holcová, who founded the Czech Centre for Investigative Journalism and was a long-term collaborator of Kuciak’s.

Journalist and budding documentary maker Šárka Kabátová will chair the discussion.


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