Bulgarian investigative journalist murdered, authorities say

Bulgarian investigative journalist murdered, authorities say”

The body of the television reporter Viktoria Marinova, 30, was discovered dumped near the Danube on Saturday in the town of Ruse, northern Bulgaria.

Mr Georgiev claimed the death was caused by blows on the head and suffocation, adding: 'Her mobile phone, auto keys, glasses and part of her clothes were missing'.

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov confirmed that Marinova had been raped and said there are now no links between the crime and Marinova's work as a journalist.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he is confident "it's a matter of time" before investigators uncover the culprit, according to state media. The best criminologists have been sent to Ruse, let's not hurry them. "A large amount of DNA had been obtained". Prosecutors said she had been raped, then beaten and suffocated.

A television journalist has been raped and murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, prosecutors and a minister said Sunday (7 October), in a case that has shocked fellow journalists and sparked global condemnation.

"Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalist Victoria Marinova in Bulgaria", Harlem Desir wrote on Twitter.

Reporters Without Borders said other TVN journalists should get police protection during the investigation.

"We at OCCRP are calling for an independent investigation/review by the European Union of the rape, torture and murder of Bulgarian mother and journalist Victoria Marinova". She frequently hosted Romanian journalists who were investigating alleged corruption among European Union politicians and businessmen. Those responsible must be held to account'.

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TVN said in a statement that their team was suffering "great pain and insurmountable grief" at the death of their colleague.

Marinova is the third journalist to be murdered in Europe this year after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October 2017. "Her new programme doesn't seem to offer any motive to kill her", said Tihomir Bezlov, of the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) in Sofia. "It was meant to serve as an example, something like a warning".

Police in Bulgaria are investigating the killing of investigative reporter Viktoria Marinova.

Marinova's murder comes in a long line of attacks carried out recently against journalists.

Local media focused on Marinova's recent TV interview with Bulgarian journalists Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov who were investigating alleged large-scale fraud by companies involved in EU-funded infrastructure projects.

Hundreds of journalists protested against government threats against the nations biggest broadcasters - with deputy prime minister Valeri Simonov accusing them of leading a "smear campaign".

People who worked with Marinova said otherwise.

Violence against women has also been widespread in Bulgaria, with several brutal killings of women by their ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands causing an outcry in the media recently.

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