Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova murdered

Bulgaria Bulgarian Authorities Investigating Killing Of TV Reporter

Bulgaria Bulgarian Authorities Investigating Killing Of TV Reporter

Ms Marinova, who is the third investigative reporter to be murdered in Europe in the past year, recently hosted two journalists investigating European Union fund embezzlement on her television show.

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.

The arrest of Severin Krasimirov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen was confirmed by Bulgaria's prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, but no further details on his location were given.

On Saturday, the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian TV reporter, was found in a park.

Corruption-plagued European Union member Bulgaria found itself under pressure Monday to find the killer of a television journalist whose brutal murder at the weekend has shocked the country and sparked worldwide condemnation.

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

Bulgarian police have said they are examining all possible motives for the killing, including the possibility that it was linked to her work.

"In no way, under any form, never have we received any threats - aimed at her or the television station", a journalist from TVN told AFP under condition of anonymity, adding that he and his colleagues are now concerned about their safety.

He said it evidence suggested it was "a spontaneous attack, not premeditated".

The body of Ms Marinova, who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds, was found in a Ruse park early on October 6.

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The two worked alongside the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

However, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov lashed out at worldwide bodies and rights groups which had been quick to assume a political motive behind the murder.

A Bulgarian investigative online media site went further, calling for an independent global inquiry and saying corruption could compromise an investigation by Bulgarian law enforcement. "None of them true", he told a news conference.

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

Bulgaria is ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom - lower than any other state in the EU.

"As security - rather than the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms - becomes the number one priority of governments worldwide, broadly-written security laws have been twisted to silence journalists", wrote Index on Censorship's Jodie Ginsburg a year ago. In a summary, the organization noted that "corruption and collusion between media, politicians, and oligarchs is widespread".

Mahoney says that it is too early to say whether Marinova's killing falls into that category.

"All versions" regarding the murder were on the table, the vice director of local police, Ilian Enchev, said.

A candlelight vigil in her memory will be held on Monday evening in both Ruse and the capital Sofia.

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