Thousands march in memory of murdered Slovak journalist

Thousands march in memory of murdered Slovak journalist

Slovaks paid a final farewell Saturday to Jan Kuciak, an investigative journalist who was shot dead with his fiancee, with the archbishop declaring that everyone in the nation now wanted to know about Italian mafia influence, thanks to Kuciak's reporting.

The murder has raised concerns about media freedom and political graft in Slovakia, sparking mass protests at home and sharp condemnation overseas.

Kuciak was about to publish an article that raised possible political links between Italian businessmen operating in Slovakia and the 'Ndrangheta. "After 48 hours, detainees were released", police said in a statement.

Mr Kuciak was investigating alleged ties between businessmen and mafia bosses in Calabria, southern Italy, who are said to have set up companies in Slovakia to benefit from European Union subsidies destined...

Marching behind a banner saying "An attack on journalists = an attack on all of us" and pictures of the two victims, most walked in silence and many carried candles.

"There is a dirty mess all around here. and we common people have to put up with it", protester Jozef Belovic, 58, said as he walked through the capital on Friday in sub-zero temperatures along with an estimated 10,000 to 15,000 others.

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Thousands of mostly young Slovaks joined anti-graft rallies past year demanding the dismissal of senior government and police officials for alleged foot-dragging on fighting graft. The distrust is strong as people believe politicians are abusing their power to amass personal fortunes. It comes just months after the October 2017 assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who had denounced corruption in Malta. His last, unfinished article was published posthumously by Slovak and global media.

Seven men were detained as suspects in the raids in the eastern towns of Michalovce and Trebisov, national police chief Tibor Gaspar said.

Kuciak alleged that Troskova, 30, had ties to Vadala, purportedly involved with 'Ndrangheta.

The FBI, Britain's Scotland Yard and Europol are all assisting the Slovak police with their investigation. Both have denied any wrongdoing.

A junior party in Slovakia's coalition government led by Prime Minister Robert Fico has called for the resignation of Interior Minister Robert Kalinak. Afterward, Deloire said he told Fico "you should express regret and apologize for having insulted journalists on several occasions".

Deloire said other media watchdogs at the meeting can confirm the comments.

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