Bulgarian journalist raped, murdered
by BBCOctober 2018
Her body was found in a park in the northern city of Ruse, near the River Danube, on Saturday. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov later confirmed she had also been raped.
Ms Marinova was a presenter on a recently-relaunched current affairs talk programme called “Detector” for TVN. Its first episode featured an interview with two Bulgarian investigative journalists exploring alleged fraud involving EU funds linked to businessmen and politicians. The pair, Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov, were arrested in September while looking into the case.
Bulgaria is considered the worst country in the EU when it comes to press freedom, according to Reporters Without Borders.
The organisation says investigative journalists in the country “are often subjected to pressure, from mere warnings to intimidation and physical assaults on themselves or their property”.
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