A deadly calling: the murder of investigative journalists

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, today announced the following briefing:

A DEADLY CALLING: THE MURDER OF INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISTS

Over the last year, several journalists investigating public corruption have been murdered for their work in Europe and Eurasia. Two of these victims--Jan Kusiak of Slovakia and Daphne Caruana Galizia of Malta--came from states within the European Union.

While protests erupted in Slovakia after Kusiak's murder, ultimately leading to the resignation of the Prime Minister and other senior government officials, Caruana Galizia's murder did not trigger a similar outcome. Those who hired her murderers continue to enjoy anonymity and impunity.

The briefing will examine the assassinations of journalists throughout Europe and Eurasia, why they are targeted, and how future murders can be prevented. It will also investigate the shrinking space for investigative journalism in Europe and Eurasia, where there is less investment in investigative journalism and fewer outlets for investigations to be published.

The following panelists are scheduled to participate:

Matthew Caruana Galizia, Journalist, son of Daphne Caruana Galizia
Pavla Holcova, Founder, Czech Center for Investigative Journalism
Robert Mahoney, Deputy Executive Director, Committee to Protect Journalists
Jason Rezaian, Journalist, Washington Post; Global Affairs Analyst, CNN

When: Wednesday, May 9, 2018
3:30 p.m.

Where: Capitol Visitor Center
Room SVC 215

Media contact
Name Stacy Hope
Email csce[dot]press[at]mail[dot]house[dot]gov
Phone 202.225-1901

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