Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Bulgaria under pressure to solve reporter's 'horrendous murder'

Bulgaria under pressure to solve reporter's 'horrendous murder'

"There is physical evidence to link Krasimirov to the murder", Mr Marinov said on October 10.

The victim was identified Sunday as Viktoria Marinova, a journalist who was the host of a new talk show called "Detector" that offered a venue for investigative reporters, and national shock over her brutal death quickly spread to worldwide concern.

Marinova was a presenter with the TVN broadcaster for the show "Detektor". She frequently hosted Romanian journalists who were investigating alleged corruption among European Union politicians and businessmen.

Marinova's body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria.

Bulgarian authorities are under mounting pressure at home and in Brussels to bring to justice those responsible for the brutal killing of the journalist Viktoria Marinova, who was reporting on alleged corruption.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov expressed hope that the investigation would succeed because of the "work that has been done".

And the UN's cultural agency, UNESCO, similarly said that "attacks on journalists erode the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and its corollaries, press freedom and free access to information".

Last October, prominent Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who exposed the Maltese prime minister's offshore dealings in the Panama Papers scandal, died in a vehicle bomb attack. "The German prosecutor has arrested the suspect, they will then assess how to proceed", Tsatsarov said.

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

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Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed by a auto bomb in October 2017 while investigating corruption among Malta's ruling elite.

"It was meant to serve as an example, something like a warning", Asen Yordanov, owner of news website Bivol.bg, told AFP.

Marinova's slaying follows those of prominent journalists in Malta and Slovakia, with both murders linked to their work and both sparking public outrage.

Last October, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed when her vehicle was blown up by unknown persons.

Her final show was about Attila Biro, a Romanian whistle-blower who leads the Rise Project Romania, probing into corruption. She had reported on alleged corruption by tycoons and politicians in an episode of his programme called Detector for TVN.

Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said investigators found DNA evidence on Marinova's clothes and body. "I urge them to swiftly identify and bring to justice those responsible and to clearly determine whether this attack was linked to her work", he said.

A man stands next the site where Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova was killed on Saturday, in Ruse, Bulgaria, October 9, 2018.

Bulgaria is ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom index.

Violence against women has also been widespread in Bulgaria, with a number of brutal killings of women by their ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands causing an outcry in the media recently.

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