The Killing of a Journalist

The screening will be followed by a discussion with:

Julie Majerczak, Head of the Reporters Without Borders office in Brussels
Lucia Ďuriš Nicholsonová, a Slovak MEP and former journalist

Moderator: Oliver Money-Kyrle, International Press Institute Director

About the film

In February 2018, three gunshots in a house in Velka Macha ended the lives of a young couple. Their bodies were not discovered until four days later. Soon after, the names Kuciak and Kushnirova became symbols of the largest protests in Slovakia since 1989.

With the precision and clarity of a detective, investigative reporter and director Matt Sarnecki presents the long history of the machinery of corruption and fraud at the highest levels of Slovak politics. He follows the investigation by former associates of Jan Kuciak and other journalists who, thanks to leaked confidential data, discover key new evidence pertaining to the murder of the journalist and his partner. Adding to the complexity of this detective thriller are the viewpoints of some otherwise reluctant figures, who have never before been interviewed.


The Killing of a Journalist

Original Title

The Killing of a Journalist

Original Language

English, Slovak


English, Czech


Czech distribution premiere

Year of Production


Country of Origin

Czech Republic, Denmark, USA


100 min.


Politics, Media, Cost of Safety, Europe

Matt Sarnecki
Matt Sarnecki

The Killing of a Journalist