They are not saying this is related to her work. Yet. Her colleagues said she has never received any threats. ~ CB
Bulgarian TV-journalist found brutally murdered
October 9, 2018
In a tragic and horrifying incident, after reporting on a massive corruption scandal inside the EU, a TV reporter was brutally raped and murdered.
Female investigative journalist and television reporter Viktoria Marinova, who uncovered numerous European Union (EU) funds fraud cases was found brutally raped and murdered in northern Bulgaria on Saturday.
The body of Victoria Marinova, 30, who hosted a show on local TVN, was found dead on a popular jogging route near the Danube River in the city of Ruse on Saturday. The city has never seen such a brutal crime, according to experienced criminologists cited by local media.
The woman was raped and beaten, and succumbed to head injuries and suffocation, according to local media citing investigators. The victim’s cell phone, car keys, and some clothes were not found with her, but the car reportedly was not stolen.
No official version of the chilling murder has been presented so far as the authorities are trying to find the perpetrators, saying it’s “just a matter of time.” Police have not ruled out any motives for the heinous crime.
Harlem Désir, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) representative on freedom of the media, was shocked at Marinova’s murder.
“I am shocked by the horrific murder of investigative journalist Viktoria Marinova in Bulgaria,” said Désir. “I will closely follow the investigation opened by the authorities. I urge them to swiftly identify and bring to justice those responsible and to clearly determine whether this attack was linked to her work.”
“I am deeply saddened by this horrific murder and express my deep condolences to her family at this difficult time,” said Désir.