Published: Mon, October 08, 2018

EU calls for fast inquiry into killing of Bulgarian journalist

EU calls for fast inquiry into killing of Bulgarian journalist

Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova has become the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union in the a year ago and the fourth since the start of 2017. However, Bulgarian media reported that Marinova recently interviewed Romanian journalists who were investigating politicians and businessmen for alleged corruption of European Union funds.

Ms Marinova was a director at TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and presented two investigative programs. That episode featured two journalists - Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bivol.bg website and Attila Biro from the Romanian Rise Project - and their investigation into alleged fraud between Romanian politicians and business people, according to the Guardian. The Ruse prosecution office and local police stated at a press conference today that they would look at "all versions" of the murder, according to Balkan Insight.

The OSCE's media freedom representative Harlem Desir condemned Marinova's killing on Twitter: "Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalist Victoria Marinova in #Bulgaria".

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov later confirmed she had also been raped.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on Sunday he is personally looking into reports that Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi Arabian journalist for the Washington Post, may have been killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was murdered in a gruesome case in Denmark a year ago by Danish inventor Peter Madsen. He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg's investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.

Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said Monday that the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation. that will bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work". "A large amount of DNA has been obtained". Those responsible must be held to account'.


"With tremendous pain and overwhelming grief, the editorial staff is experiencing the loss of our beloved colleague".

Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who investigated corruption, was killed in October 2017 by a bomb that destroyed her auto.

But it sparked immediate worldwide condemnation with the OSCE's media freedom representative Harlem Désir writing on Twitter: "Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalist Victoria Marinova in #Bulgaria".

Last October, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed when a powerful bomb blew up her vehicle and Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was shot dead in February.

But media focused on her recent work.

Vigils for Marinova, mother of a seven-year-old daughter, were planned in Ruse and the northern cities of Vidin and Pleven, as well as the capital Sofia.

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