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European reactions, rather measured, after the assassination of Jan Kuciak (V2)

Minute of silence in the European Parliament on February 28 (credit: PE)

(B2) Several European personalities reacted after the assassination of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak. But these reactions remain rather measured... They reflect more the time of emotion than a greater commitment. For the second assassination in a few months of a journalist investigating financial matters, one might have expected the announcement of certain measures. It is true that the European Commission is entangled by SelmayrGates (denounced by Libération) and appears paralyzed. The European Parliament was more engaged and responsive in this tribute paid to our young Slovak colleague.


From Belgrade, where he is on tour, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (CSV / EPP) said he was " shocked " by this " terrible news ". " I condemn this cowardly act. The murder or intimidation of journalists has no place in Europe, nor in any democracy ».

Respect and protection for journalists

Terms which repeat word for word, without the word 'justice', what was declared by the vice-president for fundamental rights, Frans Timmermans (PvDA/S&D), who was one of the first to react, on Monday (February 26). ). “[I am] Shocked by the assassination of a journalist in the EU. No democracy can survive without a free press. This is why journalists deserve respect and protection. Our thoughts are with the loved ones of Ján Kuciak and his girlfriend Martina Kušnírová. Justice must be done. »

No rest until justice is done

For the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani (Forza Italia / EPP), the European Union “ cannot [not] accept that a journalist is killed for doing his job. I call on the Slovak authorities to launch a thorough investigation with much-needed international support for Jan Kuciak. As with Daphne Caruana Galizia, the European Parliament will not rest until justice is done. »

A commitment from the Slovak authorities is necessary

« Europe cannot claim to be a beacon of freedom of expression around the world when journalists are killed for speaking truth to power." indicated in a communicated the Greens group. Slovak authorities must show they are committed to defending freedom of expression and ready to crack down on attempts to undermine it as well as showing their sincerity by tackling corruption and cronyism head-on stresses the European group of the Greens.

moment of silence

A minute of silence was observed by MEPs this Wednesday (February 28) at the opening of the mini plenary session of the European Parliament in Brussels.

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Read also: Ján Kuciak murdered by whom? Why ?

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).