Bulgarian Journalist Raped, Murdered After Corruption TV Program

10 October, 2018, 13:52 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • Viktoria Marinova

Marinova was found dead in a park in the north Bulgarian city of Ruse on October 6.

German police have arrested a man suspected of the rape and murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova, Bulgarian officials said Wednesday.

"While the motive for this horrific crime remains unclear, we emphasize that Bulgarian authorities must consider all angles, including the possibility that Ms Marinova was killed in connection with her work", the International Press Institute's Deputy Director Scott Griffen said in a statement.

Journalists' groups and European leaders expressed shock at the murder.

Marinova was the host of Defector, a TV news program that launched its first episode on September 30.

Marinova had been investigating alleged fraud into EU-funded infrastructure projects linked to the authorities and big businesses.

Mladen Marinov, Bulgaria's interior minister, described the murder as "exceptionally brutal", according to local news outlets.

"There is justified global skepticism about the Bulgarian state's commitment to press freedom and only a comprehensive and thorough investigation will assuage those doubts", he added.

Bulgarian authorities are requesting his extradition, she said.

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".

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This article has been adapted from its original source.

Widespread corruption, shady media ownership and suspected collusion between journalists, politicians and oligarchs have made objective reporting a constant obstacle course, according to RSF.

A Bulgarian investigative reporter has become the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union this year, part of a wider trend that has seen press freedom increasingly under attack across the continent.

It is not ultimately known if Marinova's murder is linked to her journalism work. "Who knows? Probably she would be a good investigative reporter one day, but she's no longer here".

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". "A full investigation must bring all perpetrators to justice", the watchdog organisation Transparency International said.

Ms Marinova hosted a show last month featuring two investigative journalists who were detained for their work on suspected fraud involving European Union funds.

At the event, an investigative journalist, Neha Dixit spoke about the trolling against the journalists and how the onus "lies on the state to provide a constitutional mechanism to address these kinds of trolling and threats everybody is facing".

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was "shocked by the barbaric murder".

This image grab taken from TVN television on October 7, 2018, shows Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova at an undisclosed location in Bulgaria. He accused the mainstream media of leading a "massive smear campaign" against him.

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