Relatives and friends attend a funeral of murdered Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak in Stiavnik, Slovakia, on March 3, 2018. / AFP / VLADIMIR SIMICEK
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Kuciak's murder has raised fresh concern about media freedom and corruption both in Slovakia and Europe. It follows the October 2017 assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia who had denounced corruption in Malta. Slovak Police commander Tibor Gaspar, has said the motive for murder was "most likely" related to Kuciak's investigative journalism.Hours before the funeral, police released seven Italian nationals named in Kuciak's report and who were detained Thursday, a day after it was posthumously published.Thousands flocked to candlelit anti-corruption vigils for the murdered journalist held Friday across Slovakia, an EU and NATO country of 5.4 million people.Slovak media reported that among those held was businessman Antonino Vadala -- the owner of several companies -- and some of his relatives, alleged by Kuciak to have links to the mafia and contacts in the Slovak government.
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