The Sme daily's editor-in-chief appointed International Press Institute's vice-chair

Beata Balogová is a respected figure in the region for her “dedication to press freedom and independent journalism”, according to the press organisation.

Beata Balogová at the memorial march for Ján Kuciak in Bratislava.Beata Balogová at the memorial march for Ján Kuciak in Bratislava. (Source: SME)

Beata Balogová, editor-in-chief of the Slovak Sme daily and former editor-in-chief of The Slovak Spectator, was appointed one of the vice-chairs of the International Press Institute (IPI) on November 2.

“It is important for IPI to have a strong voice in central and eastern Europe, and Beata is a strong voice,” IPI Executive Board Chair Markus Spillmann announced in Bratislava.

Balogová has been a key figure demanding an impartial and honest investigation of the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak. She is a respected figure in the region for her “dedication to press freedom and independent journalism”, the IPI wrote on its website.

The IPI Executive Board met in Bratislava in early November to call for justice in the Kuciak case, who was shot dead together with his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, at the end of February 2018.

The IPI gathers editors, leading journalists for press freedom, and media executives from around the world. They promote quality journalism, freed from interference, and stand up for journalism, which serves the public.

Balogová has become IPI’s fourth current vice chair. She will join vice-chairs Woosuk Choi of South Korea, Khadija Patel of South Africa, and Dawn Thomas of Trinidad and Tobago.

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