The sign that all is well, is when journalists are allowed to say that all is not well

Jan Kuciak, a 27 year old instigative reporter was found shot dead. The body of his fiancée was beside him

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On Sunday, 25 February 2018, Jan Kuciak, a 27 year old investigative reporter was found shot dead. The body of his fiancée was beside him. Kuciak was a Slovak journalist who had made a name for himself investigating fraud and corruption in Slovakia.

Kuciak had been about to publish an explosive report about ties between the Italian mafia and high-level (Slovak) politicians

Kuciak, was working on a story about “the fraudulent payment of European Union transfer funds to Italian nationals resident in Slovakia with alleged ties to the ‘Ndrangheta” organized crime group from Italy

Slovak organised crime has never killed reporters, even in the bad old days. Whereas Italy’s mafia gangs have shown no such compunctions

Jan Kuciak is the 2nd European Union anti-corruption journalist to have been murdered in the last 6 months. In October 2017 Malta Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was assassinated in a car bomb. The killers have not been brought to justice.

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I visited the memorial for Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta. Some of the handwritten notices placed there say…

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The sign that all is well, is when journalists are allowed to say that all is not well.

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Journalism is printing what someone else does not want to be printed. Everything else is public relations

– George Orwell.

Despite the inability to manage corruption and the murder of journalists, the unelected European Union Commission is hell-bent on expanding the EU into the basket case of the Balkans.

Fear is the overriding reaction to the planned EU accession of Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina yet the EU’s top enlargement official, Johannes Hahn, appears to be lacking a better alternative. “We have the choice between exporting stability or importing instability,”

The EU has not learnt. In 2007 Romania and Bulgaria joined the EU.

During their candidacies, they may have implemented a number of the laws demanded of them, including establishing anti-corruption agencies, but none of it was taken to heart. Nepotism and corruption remain a core part of how things get done

Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia, and Bosnia-Herzegovina are unanimous in their desire to join the EU; their ruling elites especially so, hoping for financial support for their inaction and incompetence.

The unelected bureaucrats in Brussels are hell-bent on expanding the EU before they have even got their own house in order.

-dw.com

-abc.net.au

-dw.com


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