Bulgarian TV journalist murdered in EU's third killing in a year

Bulgarian TV journalist murdered in EU's third killing in a year

Marinova is the third journalist murdered in the European Union over the past 12 months. "To get to the truth, we are calling for an independent investigation. we want independent European investigators to get involved because we believe the Bulgarian authorities are part of this country's criminal network". "We also don't have any information that connects the crime to her work, but we're not ruling out this version until we have proof".

Leading EU politicians and media activists urged Bulgaria on October 8 to conduct a fast investigation into the murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova, as mourners planned vigils across the Balkan country.

Bulgarian media reported Monday that the park where Marinova was killed is adjacent to a psychiatric facility and authorities were investigating whether a patient could have been Marinova's attacker. "A large amount of DNA had been obtained".

He says Dujarric said Guterres is paying "very close attention" to the trend and has raised the issue of violence against journalists with United Nations member states, both privately and publicly.

Marinova worked for a small local TV station called TVN where she presented two investigative programs.

Only one segment of the relaunched program aired before her death.

Stoyanov and Biro had been looking into alleged fraud involving European Union funds by the infrastructure company GP Group.

Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, has identified Bulgaria as the most corrupt member state in the EU. Investigators are still trying to track down potential witnesses and establish a motive for her killing.

At the same time, he clarified that Marinova was a television presenter and technically not an investigative reporter.

"The country has a bad image with regard to press freedom, but it's possible that there is no link to this case", said Svetoslav Terziev, opposition media analyst and journalism teacher.

Bulgarian police are investigating the rape and slaying of a television reporter and presenter whose body was dumped near the Danube River.

Harlem Desir, media freedom representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe's (OSCE) condemned the killing on Twitter, saying that he would closely follow the investigation.

Among the most high-profile recent cases were Malta's anti-corruption blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia who died in a auto bombing outside her home in October 2017, and top Slovak reporter Jan Kuciak who was shot dead with his fiancee at their home in February. And in February, Jan Kuciak, a Slovakian journalist who also reported on government corruption, was shot and killed along with his financee, Martina Kusnirova. In response to the charges, the Bulgarian government said Ezekiev and Dimitrova both had the right to take their case to court, but did not specify whether it had taken any action to protect them or press freedom.