CANADA & WORLD BULGARIAN POLICE INVESTIGATE KILLING OF TELEVISION JOURNALIST
It appears ‘rape and murder’ were not linked to reporter’s work, says the government
BUCHAREST, ROMANIA—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 misuse of European Union funds in Bulgaria.
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.
Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programs.
Journalists’ groups and foreign officials, including Harlem Desir, the media freedom representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, expressed shock at the killing and demanded a “full and thorough investigation” into Marinova’s slaying.
A Bulgarian investigative online media site went even further, calling for an independent international inquiry, saying that a Bulgarian probe into the slaying could be compromised by corrupt Bulgarian officials.
But Interior Minister Mladen Marinov insisted Monday there was no evidence to suggest the killing was linked to Marinova’s Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova from TVN television. Her body was discovered by authorities on Saturday. work.
“It is about rape and murder,” he said.
Chief public prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, on a trip to Russia,
said authorities had no new leads on the motive.