The murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuchak and his fiance Martina Kushnirzhova also noted this year's “Ducks”. The award was awarded for the eleventh time by the Alliance Fair-play and Via Iuris.
The entire current edition was devoted to the organizers of this historically significant eighty years and people who have been subjected to huge exams.
Only one-selective "white" was awarded and received by Jan Kuchak and a group of investigative journalists. The organizers of this year’s protest from the Initiative for a decent Slovak Republic expressed special thanks to the White Horse Council.
Lies to journalists
This year, together with Jan Kuchak, the White Birds Council was awarded by journalists Pavel Kholtsova (Center for Journalistic Journalism CZ), Sunu Makarova (Tenden), Zuzana Petkova (exTrend), Monika Todova (Dennik N.), Marek Vagovich (Aktuality.sk) ( SMEs).
“We lived in the murder of John Kuchak, believing that in this country there is no loss of life for the civil service. This event was such a shock for the company that we want to refuse the honor and tribute to John Kuchak.
That is why we did not want to add it to other stories. The award is also a reminder of the company to prevent development so far, but she noticed signs of problems much earlier, ”said Milan Shagat, executive director of VIA IURIS.
Especially with Jan Kuchiak, the Council highly appreciated its unusual human and journalistic approach. The revelation of truth was more important than the pursuit of exclusivity and solo disclosure. He repeatedly linked colleagues through the editorial board and passed on his know-how.
Vagovich: We owe to Jan Kuchak and Martina Kushnirzh
“The media has long been involved in the work of the police, prosecutors and courts. Even journalists like Jan Kuchak are gradually changing, as people like Kochner or Bashternak are no longer inviolable. Today, the role of the media is sufficiently controlled to ensure that competent people are not satisfied and do not dispute the justice of all political and business attackers, ”said Marek Vagovic, head of the investigative group Investigation.cz.
According to him, we all owe Jan Kuchak and Martina Kushnirzh. “We must continue to mention them and continue to fight for a decent Slovakia. We should not resign because they will never surrender. Another chance no longer comes. ”
You will not kill history
According to Adam Walchek from “We were this year,” it was tragic this year, but it showed how great this work was and that its results can be seen very quickly if law enforcement agencies are operating. “We have seen cases of war crimes that were first closed, as a result of which this action did not happen, but after criticism, the journalists opened again and avoided it.”
Prize journalists answered the question why they decided to stay in the media after the killing of Kujak and continue their work. “I decided to stay because it would be the worst idea to leave. We must remain and persist in order to give a clear signal that problems and unwanted advertising cannot be solved by murder. You will not kill this story.
For decent Slovakia
The White Bear Council this year also gave special thanks to the Slovenian for the first time. Given that some of the organizers have decided to enter politics, and Bielavrana is exclusively civilian awards, they cannot be awarded the prize itself.
“At a time when politicians massively question the ability of people to disinterestedly join without the power of ambition, assisted by various conspirators, we must let the truth be heard, observe and propagate the true form of events. Democracy will be put at risk if we stop believing in good and are able to discern the facts of lies, ”said Shagat.