Two years after the murders: We should never forget Ján and Martina

Slovakia commemorated the murders of Ján Kuciak and Martina Kušnírová. The organisers called on people to attend elections.

Freedom Square in Bratislava on February 21, 2020.Freedom Square in Bratislava on February 21, 2020. (Source: SME)

“Our society should never let something similar happen again,” said Karolína Farská, one of the organisers of the For a Decent Slovakia gatherings that took place in Bratislava on February 21.

She referred to the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, who were shot death in their house in Veľká Mača (Trnava Region) exactly two years ago, on February 21, 2018.

SkryťTurn off ads
Article continues after video advertisement
SkryťTurn off ads
Article continues after video advertisement

The commemorative events held under the For a Decent Slovakia initiative were held in about 50 places across the country and abroad. In Bratislava, it was attended by 7,000-8,000 people, according to the Denník N daily.

SkryťTurn off ads

“We should never forget Ján and Martina,” the organisers said.

Parents: People gave us strength

Related article How the Kuciak case changed Slovakia (overview) Read more 

The gathering in Bratislava started with a minute of silence for the murdered couple. The representatives of three Churches, Daniel Pastirčák, brother Felix and Juraj Jordan Dovala then read an ecumenical prayer for Ján, Martina and Slovakia.

“The murder was supposed to silence them, but it awoke the truth,” they read.

They also stressed that evil can be defeated only by truth and good, and called on people to not lose hope.

The rest of this article is premium content at
Subscribe now for full access

I already have subscription - Sign in

Subscription provides you with:
  • Immediate access to all locked articles (premium content) on
  • Special weekly news summary + an audio recording with a weekly news summary to listen to at your convenience (received on a weekly basis directly to your e-mail)
  • PDF version of the latest issue of our newspaper, The Slovak Spectator, emailed directly to you
  • Access to all premium content on and

Top stories

The tent sauna at Zlaté Piesky.

Have you ever bath in a sauna tent? You can try it at Zlaté Piesky

In addition to this sauna typical for Japan, sauna lovers can try four more outdoor saunas.

29. mar
Volkswagen will make all-electric versions of the Porsche Cayenne luxury SUV.

News Digest: Volkswagen Slovakia to produce all-electric luxury SUV

LGBT+ minority could face new difficulties, a suspect is charged in the Daniel Tupý murder case.

24. mar
Filip Toška holding chard in the hydroponic Hausnatura farm.

How a Mayan doomsday prophecy took a Slovak to hi-tech agriculture

Hydroponic farm run out of former telephone exchange.

9. mar
A cup of coffee with a furry friend could help them find their new forever friend - and get you a new companion.

Weekend: Mingling with felines in Bratislava's cat cafes

Take a trip to mountain tarns, old-timey cinematography and cats.

31. mar
SkryťClose ad