Suspect held in Germany over brutal killing of Bulgarian journalist

Suspect held in Germany over brutal killing of Bulgarian journalist

Suspect held in Germany over brutal killing of Bulgarian journalist

Local prosecutors say Marinova was raped and beaten on the head, and that they are investigating her death as a murder case.

Chief Public Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said that officials were following all lines of inquiry into the killing of Viktoria Marinova.

Bulgaria's government said there was no evidence the killing was linked to Marinova's journalism for local television station TVN, "but her death has drawn worldwide condemnation and press freedom campaigners have expressed fears of a cover-up", says The Independent.

A Bulgarian news site, Rusemedia.bg, said Marinova may have been jogging at the time, training for an upcoming road race.

However, Marinova only presented the show and did not conduct the interview herself, which in turn provided no new information about the matter, media reports said. "We can not have democracy without free press".

The Post reported on Tuesday night, citing a person familiar with the investigation, that before Khashoggi's disappearance, US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture him. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) also released a report earlier this year, detailing the obstacles to investigative journalism in Bulgaria with the Bulgarian parliament supporting a controversial legal amendment that would force media outlets to reveal the sources of their income adding pressure on media that rely on foreign donations to maintain their editorial independence.

Interior Minister MladenMarinov said investigators had found DNA evidence on the clothes and body of Viktoria Marinova, who was raped and strangled on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse.

RSF called for other journalists at the station to have police protection while the investigation takes place.

A TV reporter who covered European Union funds fraud cases was brutally murdered and allegedly raped in northern Bulgaria.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Monday that Guterres was "very concerned" about Marinova's slaying and awaited the conclusions of the investigation into her killing.

Borissov said journalists in Bulgaria had "total freedom to write and report on any topic". In February, Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were shot dead in their home, 40 miles from Bratislava.

As The Guardian noted, Bulgaria was ranked 111 of 180 countries in this year's Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index.

"I will closely follow the investigation opened by the authorities".

Jourova and MEPs have visited Malta and Slovakia to keep an eye on police enquiries, but no one has been brought to justice yet.

The murder was similarly condemned by the European and International Federation of Journalists, both of which said they were deeply shocked by the murder.

Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who investigated local government corruption, was killed in October 2017 by a bomb that destroyed her auto. "There is no democracy without a free press. we expect a swift and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice", the European Commission said in a tweet.

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