The Killing of a Journalist tells the story of the 2018 murders of OCCRP’s Slovak colleague Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová. An investigative journalist who used leaked police files from the murder investigation to uncover vast corruption at the highest levels of Slovak society.
In 2018, Slovakia was rated amongst the most corrupt countries in the EU. In the same year, the problem of corruption exploded in the eyes of the public when an investigative reporter, Jan Kuciak, and his fiancée were brutally murdered in their home. Kuciak had frightened the political elite by investigating the links between them and organized crime. It sparked national demonstrations and ultimately brought down the government.