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World Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova raped and murdered

13:26  08 october  2018
13:26  08 october  2018 Source:   cnn.com

Bulgarian journalist killed in park

  Bulgarian journalist killed in park It is unclear whether investigative reporter Viktoria Marinova's death is linked to her work.Her body was found in a park in the northern city of Ruse, near the River Danube, on Saturday.

Bulgarian authorities are investigating the rape and murder of an investigative reporter in the northern city of Ruse, the third journalist to have been killed in the EU in the past year.

Viktoria Marinova , 30, had reported on investigation into corruption involving EU funds.

murdered Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova© Facebook murdered Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova

Bulgarian authorities are investigating the rape and murder of an investigative reporter in the northern city of Ruse, the third journalist to have been killed in the EU this year.

The body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found on Saturday near a pedestrian alley in an area with heavy vegetation, Bulgarian state media reported.

Preliminary investigations showed the cause of death was blows to the head and suffocation.

Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Mladenov described the murder as "exceptionally brutal" and said Marinova was raped before she was killed, according to state media. He said the country's top murder investigators had been sent to Ruse to work on the case.

Bulgarian journalist killed after reporting on corruption

  Bulgarian journalist killed after reporting on corruption Bulgarian police are investigating the rape and slaying of a female television reporter whose body was dumped near the Danube River after she reported on the possible government corruption. Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse. Vigils to honor the journalist were held Monday night in Ruse and in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia. One Bulgarian media site has demanded an independent EU investigation into Marinova's slaying.Authorities discovered the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse near the Romanian border. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled and her body was found in a park near the river.

Victoria Marinova ( Bulgarian : Виктория Маринова; 19 August 1988 – 6 October 2018) was a Bulgarian TV host and journalist . She was raped and murdered at age 30. Her death caused international outrage during a time of increased violence against investigative reporters.

Journalists in Bulgaria are planning a candlelight vigil on Monday, October 8, following the murder and rape of their colleague, Victoria Marinova . The body of the 30-year old TUV channel journalists , Marinova , was found on Sunday in Ruse, 300km northeast of Sofia.

It's not clear if Marinova's murder was related to her journalistic work. Authorities are working to identify witnesses and potential motives for her murder.

Bulgarian media reports said that over the last year Marinova had reported on an ongoing investigation into alleged corruption involving European Union funds for the broadcaster TVN. She also worked on a program focusing on social issues and was involved with charity work.

"With enormous pain and insurmountable grief the team of TVN television is experiencing the loss of our beloved colleague, Victoria Marinova," TVN said in a statement. "Therefore we ask for sympathy for the sorrow of relatives and colleagues. A bow in her memory!"

The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a "rigorous, thorough investigation" into the killing.

Man to be freed in slain Bulgarian journalist investigation

  Man to be freed in slain Bulgarian journalist investigation Bulgarian authorities on Tuesday will release and won't charge a man taken into custody in connection with the slaying of Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found after she highlighted possible government corruption. The man, who wasn't identified, would be freed "very shortly," said Teodor Atanassov, chief police officer of the northern town of Ruse. He declined to provide further details on the ongoing investigation.Police are investigating the rape and slaying of Marinova, 30, who was strangled. Her body was found Saturday near the Danube River.

Bulgarian authorities are investigating the rape and murder of an investigative reporter in the northern city of Ruse, the third journalist to have been killed in the EU this year. The body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found on Saturday near a pedestrian alley in an area with heavy vegetation

A Bulgarian national suspected of raping and murdering anti-corruption journalist Viktoria Marinova , has told prosecutors that he did not mean to kill her. Severin Krassimirov, who was arrested on 9 October in the German town of Stade, told reporters he regretted taking the

"CPJ is shocked by the barbaric murder of journalist Victoria Marinova," said CPJ European Union Representative Tom Gibson in Brussels. "Bulgarian authorities must employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry and bring to justice those responsible."

The organization added in its statement that Marinova's last broadcast was an interview with Romanian journalist Attila Biro and a Bulgarian colleague, Dimitar Stoyanov, who were looking into allegations of fraud involving EU funds.

CPJ reported that the two reporters were detained by Bulgarian police in September.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov said he is confident "it's a matter of time" before investigators uncover the culprit, according to state media.

Ruse Regional Prosecutor Georgi Georgiev told state media that Marinova's mobile phone, car keys, glasses and part of her clothing were missing when her body was found.

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.

Three journalists have been killed in the EU this year. Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bombing in October in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February.

Bulgaria was ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index this year, lower than any other EU member.

German court orders extradition of suspect in Bulgarian journalist's killing .
A court in Germany has ordered the extradition of a Bulgarian man who was detained earlier this week on suspicion of the rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoriya Marinova. The suspect was arrested in Stade, near the northern German city of Hamburg, on Tuesday.According to a statement from the Higher Regional court in Celle, the man will be extradited within the next 10 days from Germany to Bulgaria.Bulgarian authorities accuse him of raping, killing and robbing Marinova, a 30-year-old television journalist, on October 6 in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse.

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