Romanian, detained in brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist

Brenda Watkins
October 10, 2018

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

The individual being held over the killing of Ms Marinova is a "Romanian citizen with a passport from Moldova", according to unconfirmed reports from Bulgaria's interior ministry broadcast on national radio.

Local people observed a vigil overnight on Monday, where flowers and lit candles were laid in front of her image.

It remains unclear whether Marinova was killed as a result of her work.

He quoted Mr Juncker as saying previously that "too many" journalists are being intimidated, attacked or murdered and that "there is no democracy without a free press".

Biro told the AP that he had never met Marinova - he said one of her colleagues had interviewed him and Stoyanov about their work.

Marinova is the third journalist to be murdered in Europe in the past 12 months after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October 2017.

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

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The attack has shocked the country and drawn global condemnation amid speculation the murder could be linked to Marinova's work as a journalist. "Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption", the EU Commission's vice president Frans Timmermans tweeted late Sunday.

Ms Marinova had presented a recently relaunched current affairs programme called Detector for the TVN television channel in Ruse.

Bulgaria is regarded as a laggard in the European Union in matters of press freedom, ranking 111th out of a total 180 in this area, according to Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

Her final show on September 30 was a program about Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise Project Romania, and Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bulgarian investigative site Bivol.bg.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has condemned the "brutal" killing of investigative reporter Victoria Marinova, declaring it as outrageous.

Bulgarian police, however, said they are considering all possible scenarios and examining possible links to both her personal and professional life.

Azoulay said: "Attacks on journalists erode the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and its corollaries, press freedom and free access to information".

Mr Yordanov said his journalists were getting threats to their safety for this reporting.

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