Published: Wed, October 10, 2018

Bulgarian TV presenter raped and killed

Bulgarian TV presenter raped and killed

Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova was allegedly raped and found murdered in a park in Ruse city, Reuters reported on Monday.

Marinova's killing has sparked an worldwide outcry, with European governments calling for a thorough investigation into her death.

CPJ reported that the two reporters were detained by Bulgarian police in September.

"There is physical evidence to link to the murder", Marinov said on Wednesday.

A woman holds a candle next to a portrait of slain journalist Viktoria Marinova during a vigil at the Monument of Liberty in Ruse, Bulgaria, on Monday.

But even as investigators worked to establish a motive and apprehend a suspect, competing narratives emerged about whether Marinova had been targeted for her journalism or whether she was the victim of a random crime.

He quoted Mr Juncker as saying previously that "too many" journalists are being intimidated, attacked or murdered and that "there is no democracy without a free press".

"It is about rape and murder", he said.

Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse near the Romanian border.

Those details led to widespread speculation that Ms Marinova's death might have been linked to her work as a journalist.

Marinova served as a member of the management team of the private television station TVN and hosted an investigative program.

He said Marinova was linked to's investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.

Marinova is the third journalist to be murdered in Europe in the past 12 months after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October 2017.

And even some of Marinova's fellow journalists were not convinced that she was killed because of her reporting. According to the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index, Bulgaria ranks lower than other European Union member.

Following the programme hosted by Ms Marinova, Bulgaria's interior ministry said prosecutors were investigating GP Group, a large construction company alleged to have misused the European Union money, and froze €14m in assets. He said there was no information that she had been threatened.

The Bulgaria-based Association of European Journalists said reporters from small regional and local media are under particular pressure and even face threats from local businessmen and politicians, often leading to self-censorship.

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