The murder of Lebanese publisher and activist Lokman Slim on Thursday took Lebanon by storm, raising fears that it marked what has been described as “the return of the assassinations” to the Lebanese political stage.
“I am greatly disturbed by the tragic loss of Lokman Slim – a respected activist and journalist, an honest independent voice of courage,” Kubis wrote on Twitter following the news of the assassination.
He requested that the authorities “investigate this tragedy in a speedy and transparent way and draw the necessary consequences.”
“This investigation must not follow the pattern of the Beirut port blast investigation that 6 months on remains inconclusive and without accountability. People must know the truth,” the Slovak diplomat added.
In a later tweet, Kubis said: “You can kill a journalist but you cannot kill his or her message. You can muzzle the media but you cannot silence the truth, freedom of expression. Rest In Peace martyr Lukman Slim.”
President Michel Aoun has instructed public prosecution to “conduct necessary investigations to uncover the circumstances of the assassination and those behind it.” Security forces said they had not identified suspects yet.