Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist who had been reporting on alleged corruption linked to European Union funds was discovered raped and murdered on Saturday. The 30-year-old journalist was discovered lifeless in a park in Ruse, a city within the far north, alongside the border of Romania, Reuters reported.
Marinova had labored on the Ruse-based TV station TVN as a reporter. She had hosted a recently-launched program, interviewing investigative journalists about alleged corruption between businessman and politicians involving EU funds.
Bulgarian inside minister Mladen Marinov denied that Marinova’s homicide was linked to her reporting, and mentioned there was no proof she had been threatened. “It’s about rape and homicide,” Marinov mentioned.
A reporter from TVN advised AFP, “We’re in shock. Under no circumstances, underneath any type, by no means have we acquired any threats – aimed toward her or the tv.” However that assertion was contradicted by Asen Yordanov, the proprietor of the investigative web site, bivol.bg, who advised AFP that he had acquired info that his reporters had been in peril of being assaulted. He mentioned Marinova was linked to bivol.bg’s investigations as a result of its reporters had appeared on her present. “Viktoria’s dying, the brutal method wherein she was killed, is an execution,” Yordanov mentioned. “It was meant to serve for example, one thing like a warning.”
Marinova is the third journalist murdered within the EU inside the final yr. In response to the Reporters With out Borders world press freedom index, Bulgaria ranks decrease than different EU member.