(RT) — A TV reporter who coated EU funds fraud circumstances was brutally murdered and allegedly raped in northern Bulgaria. The horrific indent is the third homicide of a journalist within the EU amid issues over press freedom.
The physique of Victoria Marinova, 30, who hosted a present on native TVN, was discovered useless on a well-liked jogging route close to the Danube River within the metropolis of Ruse on Saturday. The town has by no means seen such a brutal crime, in accordance with skilled criminologists cited by native media.
The girl was raped and beaten, and succumbed to move accidents and suffocation, in accordance with native media citing investigators. The sufferer’s cellphone, automobile keys, and a few garments weren’t discovered together with her, however the automobile reportedly was not stolen.
No official model of the chilling homicide has been introduced as far as the authorities are looking for the perpetrators, saying it’s “only a matter of time.” Police haven’t ruled out any motives for the heinous crime.
In the meantime, the OSCE consultant on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, referred to as on the authorities to “rapidly decide” if this assault was “linked to her work.”
Some already speculate that the girl might need been the sufferer of her newest report. She hosted the recently-launched ‘Detector’ program, and its final episode covered the investigation by Bivol web site, claiming to expose a corruption scheme inside EU-funded tasks. Marinova earlier was an anchor of one other program referred to as ‘Podium’, which aired stories on numerous matters.
TVN, the station she labored for, mentioned she had by no means obtained any threats and the complete workers is shocked by the incident.
Marinova is the third reporter to be killed within the span of a 12 months within the EU, as concern grows concerning press security and freedom.
Final October, outstanding Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who uncovered the Maltese prime minister’s offshore dealings within the Panama Papers scandal, died in a automobile bomb assault.
In February, Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak was shot useless. The 27-year-old was identified for his stories on tax fraud and shady dealings of Slovakia’s elite, and the police didn’t rule out that the homicide was related“to his investigative exercise.”