The fight against high-level corruption cleared by Slovakia’s new government, has lost some of its momentum

A placard with hashtag #allforJan is seen as people participate in a rally called 'Let's stand for decency in Slovakia' in Bratislava, Slovakia, 16 March 2018. [EPA-EFE/CHRISTIAN BRUNA]

The fight against high-level corruption has led to the imprisonment of two former police chiefs, a special prosecutor, the acting head of the intelligence service, and prominent oligarchs, among others. On Monday, Special Prosecutor Dušan Kováčik was sentenced to 14 years in jail for taking a bribe.

His sentence comes one day before an EU Parliament mission is set to arrive in Slovakia. Members of the mission are also supposed to meet with some journalists and with the lawyers of the Kuciak and Kušnírová families.

Charges against Tódová and Čikovská were followed by a reaction from abroad and from inside the country. Editors-in-chief of several Slovak media outlets, including EURACTIV Slovakia, condemned the move in a joint call, demanding that police immediately drop the charges.

Reporters Without Borders wrote in a statement that “the journalists had the duty to reveal the criminal context that led to Kuciak’s murder”. Therefore, “they acted in public interest”.

(Michal Hudec |

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