In 2020, two people were convicted of perpetrating the 2018 murder of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée, and a third person was convicted of acting as intermediary, but the accused instigator, businessman Marian Kočner, was acquitted. The parliamentary elections, which were held against the backdrop of this case, in March 2020 propelled populist Igor Matovič to the post of prime minister for one year. Although, repeatedly and on the very anniversary of the Kuciak murder, he accused journalists of “spite” for reporting that he plagiarised his masters’ thesis and for criticising his coronavirus policies, the most ferocious attacks on the media came from the opposition. Because of the pandemic, the government postponed legislative plans for protecting journalists and their sources and improving the editorial and financial independence of the public radio and TV broadcaster RTVS. The ruling coalition nonetheless took a step in the right direction when it initiated public hearings to choose the members of the Broadcasting and Retransmission Council. The independence of privately-owned media is meanwhile threatened by the influence of the oligarchs who own them.
33 in 2020
22.67 in 2020