Press group urges action in slain Slovak reporter case

Press group urges action in slain Slovak reporter case
Flowers and candles are pictured as the Executive Board of the International Press Institute (IPI) gathers to mark International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists at the SNP Square in Bratislava, Slovakia, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. The Board called for justice in the murder of Jan Kuciak and all other murdered journalists. The bodies of 27-year-old Jan Kuciak and his fiancee Martina Kusnirova were found Feb. 25, 2018 in their house in the town of Velka Maca. (Jakub Kotian/TASR via AP)

BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — An international press freedom group is keeping pressure on Slovak authorities to solve the killing of local reporter Jan Kuciak and his fiance, while using their case to draw the attention to crimes against journalists worldwide.

The Vienna-based International Press Institute says nearly 75 journalists have been killed around the world in 2018, including Kuciak who was shot to death in February in Slovakia.

More recently, Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

IPI chairman Markus Spillman said Friday at an event marking the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists that attacks on the media had wide implications.

He says “to silence a journalist is to silence a society.”