Bulgarian TV journalist probing misuse of European Union funds raped and murdered

Bulgarian TV journalist probing misuse of European Union funds raped and murdered

Bulgarian TV journalist probing misuse of European Union funds raped and murdered

Bulgarian interior minister Mladen Marinov insisted on Monday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was linked to Ms Marinova's work. We condemn any effort to intimidate journalists from reporting on corruption. "In the frame of three days I read monstrous things about Bulgaria and none of which was true", he said.

Viktoria Marinova, 30, was killed in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, prosecutors have said.

Bivol.bg owner Asen Yordanov however told AFP that his media had received credible information that its journalists were in danger of being assaulted because of the investigation that also appeared on Marinova's show.

Marinova's final show on September 30 was a program about Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise Project Romania, and Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bulgarian investigative site Bivol.bg.

Denitsa Peicheva, 28, holds her son as she lays flowers next to candles left in memory of Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova in Ruse, Bulgaria, October 9, 2018.

Bulgarian authorities have come under global pressure to quickly bring the journalist's killers to justice.

The country's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov is confident that Marinova's killer would be apprehended and brought to justice, adding that the "best criminologists were sent to Ruse" and "a large amount of DNA has been obtained".

Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY "there's been a very worrying increase of violence, sexual and otherwise, that's particularly targeting women journalists".

Marinova's murder has drawn global condemnation and calls from media watchdogs for a comprehensive investigation.

The Union of Publishers in Bulgaria, in a report issued in May, found that "growing collusion between publishers, oligarchs and political parties during the past decade has resulted in a major decline in the press freedom".

Only one segment of the relaunched program aired before her death.

The television journalist for local station TVN had presented a programme about alleged fraud involving European Union funds days before the death.

Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, has identified Bulgaria as the most corrupt member state in the EU.

Bulgaria ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index this year.

Atanas Tchobanov, the editor-in-chief of Bivol, said in a telephone interview that he was skeptical of the government's response.

The European Commission urged Bulgaria Monday to conduct a rapid investigation into the killing.

"The country has a bad image with regard to press freedom, but it's possible that there is no link to this case", said Svetoslav Terziev, opposition media analyst and journalism teacher.

"She wasn't a typical investigative journalist".

Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative reporter, was killed by a vehicle bomb near her home auto in October last year and Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova were shot dead in February this year.

He also wrote, "Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption".

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