International Center for Protection and Freedom of Journalists (ICPFJ) strongly condemned the rape and murder of the Bulgarian TV host Viktoria Marinova, who reported on an investigation into alleged corruption involving EU funds.
She was murdered in the border town of Ruse beside the Dabeside River, authorities said on Sunday.
Bulgarian prosecutors said the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova had been found in a park on Saturday. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said there was no evidence to suggest the murder was related to Marinova’s work: “It is about rape and murder.”
He added that there was no information that she had been threatened.
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said: “The best criminologists were sent to Ruse, let’s not press them. A large amount of DNA had been obtained.” Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev said: “Her death was caused by blows to the head and suffocation, and her mobile phone, car keys, glasses and some of her clothing were missing.”
ICPFJ strongly urges Your Excellency to authorise an immediate and thorough investigation into the murder of Viktoria Marinova and to ensure that the Bulgarian government takes all possible steps to stop the killing of journalists and the alarming impunity that has accompanied these crimes.
ICPFJ is a strong advocate for the freedom of expression and works actively against biased journalism. The center is also committed to its mission against extremism and is part of the fight against oppressive or tyrannical regimes running the affairs of countries.
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