Montenegro: Car Bomb Near Journalist Home

A car bomb exploded on Sunday outside the home of a journalist who was investigating organized crime groups in Montenegro. The explosion rocked the northern Montenegrin city of Bijelo Polje an hour after a new pledge by the National Security Council to tackle organized crime. No one was injured in the bombing, the seventh this year. The Montenegrin Journalists Association said Sead Sadikovic had been threatened because of his investigative work. Organized crime groups have grown prevalent in Montenegro over the past few years, with violence moving into residential areas. Many of the killings are assumed to be connected to cocaine smuggling.

Source: OCCRP, Balkan Insight

Posted on: April 3, 2018

Slovakian Journalist Found Murdered

A journalist investigating alleged tax fraud involving businessmen connected to Slovakia’s ruling party has been found murdered alongside his girlfriend. Ján Kuciak, 27, and his fiancee, Martina Kušnírová, were discovered shot dead in the home they shared after worried relatives alerted police, saying it had been a week since they had heard from the couple. Slovakia’s most senior police officer, Tibor Gašpar, told reporters the murders “likely have something to do with [Kuciak’s] investigative activities.” The two bodies were found on Sunday evening in the town of Vel’ka Mača, east of the capital, Bratislava.

Source: The Guardian

Posted on: February 27, 2018