Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

Romanian, detained in brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist

Romanian, detained in brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist

On her last TV show, on September 30, Marinova introduced two journalists who were investigating suspected corruption involving European Union funds and said her own show, "Detector", on local television station NTV, would carry out similar investigations.

"We have in custody a person whose alibi we are checking, but for the time being we do not have a concrete suspect".

On Tuesday, police in Ruse arrested a Romanian citizen in connection with the murder, but later released him without charge due to a lack of concrete evidence.

Late on October 8, the Interior Ministry announced that prosecutors had opened an investigation into the GP Group and froze 14 million euros ($16 million) of its assets, as hundreds of people thronged candlelight vigils in Sofia and Marinova's hometown of Ruse.

Ms Marinova's body was discovered in a park in the northern city of Ruse near the River Danube on Saturday.

Ms Marinova (30) had hosted a show last month reporting on two investigative journalists who had been detained for their work surrounding a suspected fraud involving European Union funds.

He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg's investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.

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Authorities in Bulgaria, the EU's poorest member state plagued by rampant corruption, earlier revealed that Marinova had been killed by blows to the head and from suffocation, and had also been raped.

"Shocked by the horrendous murder of Victoria Marinova".

Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programs.

According to news reports, it is not yet clear whether her death was directly related to her journalistic work, but national authorities are reportedly carrying out a murder investigation.

United Nations spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in NY that there has been "a very worrying increase of violence, sexual and otherwise, that's particularly targeting women journalists".

"Viktoria's death, the brutal manner in which she was killed, is an execution", Yordanov said. Harlem Desir, the media freedom representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, demanded a "full and thorough investigation" of Marinova's slaying.

Marinova is at least the third journalist to have suffered a violent death in the European Union alone over the past 12 months, after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October previous year.

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