Slovak band Elán pointed a gun at journalists in a new video

The Reporters Without Borders organisation has condemned the band’s work.

A shot from the latest Elán music video, Bulvárne krysy (Tabloid Rats). It mocks tabloid journalists. A shot from the latest Elán music video, Bulvárne krysy (Tabloid Rats). It mocks tabloid journalists. (Source: Fičí)

Just one year after a Slovak investigative journalist and his fiancée were murdered in 2018, a new video released by the popular Slovak band, Elán, is facing a lot of backlash.

“Boys, I guess we all realise it is the right time to exterminate the rats,” Jozef Ráž, Elán’s frontman, says in the Bulvárne Krysy (Tabloid Rats) music video.

The band hunts down four people, who are tabloid journalists and photographers, in the second part of the video. The journalists and photographers are then seen kneeling with sacks on their heads in a room where three Elán band members come to shoot them.

While Ráž points a pistol replica at a journalist, another member, Vašo Patejdl, puts Ráž’s gun down and sprays water from a water gun at journalists. Then they all laugh at the journalists’ scared faces.

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