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Alert created on: 26 Jun 2020 n° 73/2020 Slovak Republic

Slovak Investigative Journalist Peter Sabo Finds Bullet in His Mailbox

Source of threatUnknown
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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On 25 June 2020, Peter Sabo, an investigative journalist with the Slovakian news website Aktuality.sk, found a pistol bullet in the mailbox of his Bratislava apartment. Aktuality is the media that investigative reporter Ján Kuciak worked for when he was shot and killed alongside his fiancée Martina Kušnírová in 2018. The editor-in-chief of Aktuality, Peter Bárdy, said he believes the cartridge was meant to intimidate Sabo and was likely related to his work investigating “sensitive topics”. Recently he had covered drug crime, the completion of a power plant, and cases involving the former Minister of Justice of the Slovak Republic, Gábor Gál. No other message or sign was left in the mailbox. This was the first threat issued against Sabo.

The journalist reported the incident to a local police station. The Minister of the Interior, Roman Mikulec, and Police President Milan Lučansk were also informed. An investigation has been opened and measures were taken to protect Sabo’s safety.
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