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Assassination of journalist in Slovakia
We are shocked and stunned about the message, that Ján Kuciak and his companion obviously have been the victim of a cruel assassination. Although the background is not totally clarified there is justified suspicion that the crimes are connected with a current research of our colleague. Ján Kuciak has been working for three years for the newsportal aktuality.sk, belonging to Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia.
We grieve with their families, friends and colleagues and we will do everything we can to support the governmental authorities in order to identify the perpetrators. In case the crime was meant as an attempt to deter an independent publisher like Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia from uncovering any infringements, we will use this as an opportunity to take our journalistic responsibility even more conscientious and consistent.
Ringier AG, Corporate Communications
Ringier is a diversified media enterprise operating in 19 countries and employing some 7,300 people. Established in 1833, Ringier today operates media brands in the print, TV, radio, online and mobile arenas. The company also runs successful publishing, entertainment and internet businesses. Now in operation for more than 180 years, Ringier is noted for its pioneering spirit and individuality and is committed to independence, freedom of expression and diversity of information. Ringier is a familyowned company whose headquarters are in Zurich.