Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée murdered

This statement was originally published on on 26 February 2018.

The International Press Institute (IPI) today strongly condemned the murder of Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée.

Slovak police said at a press conference this morning that they believed the murder to be work-related. Kuciak worked for the online investigative news outlet The 27-year-old journalist was known in particular for his stories on tax fraud and shady real estate deals that involved several Slovak businessmen with close connections to the ruling party. He also wrote stories related to Slovakia as part of the Panama Papers investigation.

Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were found shot dead on Sunday in the town of Veľká Mača with bullet wounds to the chest and head, respectively. Police indicated that the time of death is currently unclear.

According to Slovak media, Kuciak had received threats from

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