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Invitation Movies that Matter screening The Killing of a Journalist
Invitation – Film screening The Killing of a Journalist

On the occasion of International Human Rights Day, The Hague city council, on behalf of alderman Mariëlle Vavier, together with Movies that Matter, would like to invite you to a special screening of The Killing of a Journalist. When an investigative journalist and his fiancée are brutally murdered and Slovakia’s police fail to question the prime suspect, a leaked case file reveals rampant corruption and protests for justice erupt.  


The screening will take place on Monday December 11th at Nieuwspoort, and will be followed by a discussion with two journalists who have first-hand experiences of the threat of violence. We will conclude the evening with networking drinks.


The film will be followed by a discussion with 2 journalists who both have first-hand experiences of the threat of violence, due to the work they do in their home countries. They have a link to the Shelter Cities programme, which gives support for human rights defenders by providing a temporary safe haven abroad. The Hague was the birthplace of Shelter Cities.


Opoka Christopher Arop

Opoka Christopher is a journalist, writer and activist. He was born in what was then Southern Sudan. He first came to the Netherlands as a Shelter City guest and now lives in Utrecht. He continues to participate in financial and human rights abuse related investigative projects on South Sudan; as well as helping to coordinate rescue and relocation of journalism colleagues.



Luis is a journalist and radio host from Venezuela. For privacy reasons his biography is limited.

Film: The Killing of a Journalist

On the night of February 21, 2018, investigative journalist Ján Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kušnírová, both just 27 years old, were brutally murdered in their home. It was the first targeted killing of a journalist in Slovakia’s history, and shocked citizens protested on a scale not seen since the fall of communism. Kuciak was well known for covering questionable financial connections between politicians and “elite” business tycoons, namely millionaire Marián Kocner.


When police failed to meaningfully investigate the prime suspect, journalists mobilized the public. Leaked files, Kuciak’s posthumous reports and civic outcry led to scandalous discoveries of decades-old corruption networks involving Kocner and the police chief, high-ranking bureaucrats and the prime minister himself.

Tickets and programme


There are two steps to obtain a ticket for the progrmme. Please RSVP by 6 december


Programme & entry

Date: Monday 11 December

18.30 – 18.45: Entry

  • We recommend that you arrive at Nieuwspoort well in advance, around 18.30, due to security measures at the venue.
  • The entrance is at the side of the Parliament building (Tweede Kamergebouw)
  • Please bring your QR code and a valid ID

19.00: Programme starts
20.50: Discussion
21.20: Networking drinks

Movies that Matter

Movies that Matter wants to broaden views for human rights. Our core tasks are the screening of human rights related films and the stimulation of screenings of human-rights films. We realise these core tasks with our annual Movies that Matter festival, our educational work, the organisation of events, with advice inland and abroad and the support of festivals worldwide.

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