In response to the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, MEPs will call on Thursday for measures to step up the protection of journalists across the EU.
In a plenary debate held on 14 March, MEPs called for an independent, international and thorough investigation into the double murder to bring the perpetrators to justice. They insisted on better rules at both national and EU level to ensure the safety of journalists, bloggers and whistle-blowers.
Parliament honoured the memory of Mr Kuciak and Ms Kušnírová with a minute’s silence at its plenary session on 28 February. Its President Antonio Tajani strongly condemned the murders, stressing that freedom of press must be ensured and calling on the Slovak authorities to uncover the truth.
Debate: Wednesday, 14 March
Vote: Thursday, 19 April
Procedure: Council and Commission statements followed by a debate (14/03) and a resolution (19/04)
Type of document: Non-legislative resolution