TV journalist murdered in Bulgarian town of Ruse

TV journalist murdered in Bulgarian town of Ruse

TV journalist murdered in Bulgarian town of Ruse

The man has been charged in his absence with rape and murder, Tsatsarov said.

The interior minister, Mladen Marinov, added that investigators had found DNA evidence on the clothes and body of Ms Marinova, who was raped and killed on October 6 in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse.

The place where Marinova was found dead, at the riverside, is frequented by fishermen and people going jogging.

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He said Monday that "at this stage let's be careful, not because we don't have anything to say, but because every word uttered loosely could damage our work".

Widespread corruption, shady media ownership, and suspected collusion between journalists, politicians, and oligarchs have made objective reporting a constant obstacle course, according to the RSF.

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 vigil for the journalist is being held in the Bulgarian capital today.

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

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He said it evidence suggested it was "a spontaneous attack, not premeditated".

The brutal crimes shook Ruse, where murders are rare.

In a shocking incident for journalist community across the globe, a female journalist of Bulgaria, who threw light on an investigation into alleged corruption, involving European Union funds, was killed in the Danube town of Ruse, local authorities said on Sunday. "She wanted to make investigative reporting", he said. "In the frame of three days I read monstrous things about Bulgaria and none of which was true", he said.

Sven Giegold, a German member of the Greens party in the European Parliament, said all of Europe should worry about Marinova's slaying.

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 country has a bad image with regard to press freedom, but it's possible that there is no link to this case", said Svetoslav Terziev, opposition media analyst and journalism teacher. She had suffered blows to the head and suffocation, Ruse regional prosecutor Georgy Georgiev said.

"As security - rather than the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms - becomes the number one priority of governments worldwide, broadly-written security laws have been twisted to silence journalists", wrote Index on Censorship's Jodie Ginsburg a year ago. Police sources told AFP that the crime did not immediately appear linked to her work.

Police said she had been raped, beaten and suffocated, with her mobile phone, auto keys, glasses and some of her clothes all missing. She hosted the recently-launched 'Detector' program, and its last episode covered the investigation by Bivol website, claiming to expose a corruption scheme inside EU-funded projects.

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