A Bulgarian journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds has been murdered within the Danube city of Ruse, authorities stated on Sunday.
Prosecutors within the Balkan nation stated that the physique of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was present in a park in Ruse on Saturday. They recognized her solely by her initials.
“It’s about rape and homicide,” Inside Minister Mladen Marinov informed reporters. He stated there was no proof to counsel the homicide was associated to Marinova’s work and there was no info that she had been threatened.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov informed reporters: “I’m satisfied it’s a matter of time earlier than the homicide can be revealed. One of the best criminologists have been despatched to Ruse, let’s not press them. A considerable amount of DNA had been obtained.”
Police are anticipated to reveal extra particulars on Monday.
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“Her demise was attributable to blows to the pinnacle and suffocation, and her cell phone, automobile keys, glasses and a few of her clothes have been lacking,” Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev stated.
Marinova, who was a board member of the Ruse-based TV station TVN – probably the most in style TV channels in northeastern Bulgaria – is the third journalist to have been murdered within the European Union in a yr. Native media reported that Marinova had not too long ago been concerned in masking an investigation by a bunch of Bulgarian journalists into corporations concerned in EU-funded infrastructure initiatives administered by native authorities.
Final October Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known investigative journalist, was killed when a robust bomb blew up her automobile and Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was shot lifeless in February.
“With nice ache and insurmountable grief the TVN’s staff is experiencing the lack of our beloved colleague Victoria Marinova and we pray for sympathy to the sorrow of her family members and colleagues,” TVN stated in a brief assertion.
Bulgaria ranked 111 out of 180 international locations within the Reporters With out Borders world press freedom index this yr, decrease than another EU member and in addition decrease than different international locations within the western Balkans, a few of that are candidates for EU membership.
In October 2017 a whole lot of Bulgarian journalists protested in downtown Sofia downtown towards threats from Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov towards the nation’s largest broadcasters. He accused the mainstream media of main a “huge smear marketing campaign” towards him.