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#allforjan: Last article by assassinated journalist Ján Kuciak to be published internationally

Newsroom with international team of journalists being set-up in Bratislava to continue work on investigations

Today the last article on which assassinated Slovakian journalist Ján Kuciak had been working for will be published in all news media of Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, as well as in media owned by Axel Springer SE and Ringier AG. The article, together with the editorial by Peter Bardy, Editor-in-Chief of, will be made available for international publication as well.

Ján Kuciak and his fiancée were found dead in their home on Sunday February 25, 2018. He had been working since 2015 in the investigative team for, which belongs to Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia.

In his remembrance the following hashtag has been created: #allforjan
A digital book for condolences can be found under

For his last article, Ján Kuciak worked on allegations about fraudulent payments of EU funds in a tax scheme between Slovak and Italian nationals with alleged ties to the "Ndrangheta" organised crime group. He did this in cooperation with the Czech investigative journalism research center, a project of Italian investigative journalists and the international consortium of investigative centers Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project.

By publishing the article in leading news media such as: Bild, Welt, Blick, Le Temps, Politico, Business Insider, Newsweek, Blic, Blikk, Fakt and Novy Cas, want to grant maximum exposure to the important work of Ján Kuciak and his investigative team colleagues.

A newsroom is being set-up in Bratislava, in which some of the most experienced investigative journalists from Ringier Axel Springer Media, Axel Springer SE and Ringier AG will continue working on Ján Kuciak’s investigations.  

Mark Dekan, CEO Ringer Axel Springer Media AG: “The publication of Jan’s last article will not bring him and his fiancée Martina back to life. This will also not explain to their families and friends what cannot be explained. But it pays respect to Ján Kuciak who risked his life to bring those facts to the surface. By doing so we want to send out a message that nobody will intimidate us as independent publishers. We are currently setting up an international investigative newsroom to continue Jan’s work. We will continue to defend freedom of speech, a free press, the rule of law and democracy.”

Peter Bardy, Editor-in-Chief “In case the crime was meant as an attempt to deter an independent publisher like Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia from uncovering any infringements, we have to say just one thing: We will never be intimidated!”

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Assassination of journalist in Slovakia - Company statement of Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia, Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, Ringier AG and Axel Springer SE

Assassination of journalist in Slovakia - Company statement of Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia, Ringier Axel Springer Media AG, Ringier AG and Axel Springer SE

We are shocked and stunned about the message, that Ján Kuciak and his companion obviously have been the victim of a cruel assassination. Although the background is not totally clarified there is justified suspicion that the crimes are connected with a current research of our colleague. Ján Kuciak has been working for three years for the newsportal, belonging to Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia.

We grieve with their families, friends and colleagues and we will do everything we can to support the governmental authorities in order to identify the perpetrators. In case the crime was meant as an attempt to deter an independent publisher like Ringier Axel Springer Slovakia from uncovering any infringements, we will use this as an opportunity to take our journalistic responsibility even more conscientious and consistent.

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Tina Vujanovic appointed Editor-in-Chief of Auto Bild Serbia and Montenegro

From 1st February 2018, Tina Vujanovic (37) becomes editor-in-chief of Auto Bild Serbia and Montenegro, the leading auto magazine in Serbia and the region which is published by Ringier Axel Springer Serbia. She succeeds Dejan Potkonjak (47) who is leaving the company after seven years at his own request.


Sreten Radovic, Ringier Axel Springer Serbia Publishing Director: “Tina Vujanovic will be the first female editor-in-chief of the Auto Bild brand. She will bring her own ideas to the magazine and further strengthen its leading position in the automotive segment. I would like to thank Dejan Potkonjak for his excellent work. I wish him all the best for his further professional and private development. At the same time, I congratulate Tina Vujanovicw, and wish her a lot of success in her new role."

Tina Vujanovic, editor-in-chief Auto Bild Serbia and Montenegro: "I have always been passionate about the automotive world, whether it's about driving, traveling or technology. Auto Bild was always my must-read. This is why I am thrilled to take over the role as editor-in-chief. "

Tina Vujanovic started working for Ringier Axel Springer Serbia in May 2011 as a journalist. Since then she has been working for Auto Bild, actively contributing to its establishment and development, as well as positioning Auto Bild on the Serbian market. She graduated from the University of Belgrade in Arabic language and literature.

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DMC round 3 starts in Belgrade including 10 graduates from Belgrade University

The third generation of the Digital Media Campus (DMC) started in Belgrade. In the coming months 13 senior students will go through intensive training specialized for creating digital media content and work in digital journalism.

The carefully selected 13 students are in their final year of journalism studies or have just finished their academic degree from Belgrade University. They come from the Faculty of Political Science, Faculty for Media and Communications Studies and Faculty of Philology. What unites them all is a strong passion for journalism and their willingness to use new digital tools in their work. The goal of the DMC program is to enrich theoretical academic knowledge and to provide a practical insight into the daily work of modern media. Students will be fully trained in writing skills as well in digital video and photo production,  creating news and media content for different channels in the age of modern technologies and social media.

Marko Stjepanovic, Chief Editor at welcomed the DMC class, saying that "I don’t want to wish you luck because you do not need it here. Here you need energy and boldness. I’m asking you to know all journalistic rules and standards. The development of technology has a great influence on journalism, and we have to keep up with the time and technology, and constantly train ourselves for all digital media forms."

In addition to providing skills, knowledge, and expertise in the field of digital media, the DMC also offers the opportunity for a job at Ringier Axel Springer Serbia. The company invests in new young talents and their development realizing how necessary that is for the future of a modern digital media company. Three of 13 new DMC students recently started to work as a junior journalist for Blic print and online edition. One of them Suzana Lukovic said that first day of the DMC was very interactive and useful: "I graduated in journalism, but it seems to me that during the studies we didn’t have this approach to news stories and media in general. I look forward to being part of the DMC because I'm sure it will help me a lot in my further work."

The DMC intensive program covers all aspects of modern digital journalism, including storytelling and interview techniques, research methods, production of multimedia content, social media, mobile applications, digital marketing, analytics and tools for monitoring and optimizing digital content, audience behavior, journalistic standards and media law. Over the course of this program, the students will engage in activities at the RAS Serbia newsroom, where they will get acquainted with real-life cases.

Watch the video from the DMC III first day:

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