Journalist killed while investigating EU corruption

The bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova, 30, was found dead after the last installment of her television program was broadcast, in which she revealed EU corruption practices in the realization of some projects.

The body of the journalist, with marks of blows to the head and strangulation, was discovered last Saturday in a park in the bulgarian city of Ruse, said the prosecutor Georgui Georguiev, quoted by AFP. According to the investigation, Marinova was raped and murdered.

“His mobile phone, car keys, glasses and some clothes disappeared,” said Georguiev, adding that for the time being the prosecutor’s office is investigating all the tracks and among them the version that the crime is related to Marinova’s work. However, police sources told AFP that at the moment it is not certain that the professional activity was the reason for the murder.

In that context, Prime Minister Boiko Borisov pointed out that there is much evidence in this case and that “it is only a matter of time before the crime is resolved.”

EU corruption behind?

The international community of journalists expressed shock at the event. The head of press freedom of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe), Harlem Desir, said in his Twitter account that he was “shocked by the horrible murder” of the journalist and called for “a full and exhaustive investigation” of the case.

Marinova was the host of the program ‘Detector‘ on local TVN. In their last episode, broadcast on September 30, the guests were two journalists: Dimitar Stoyanov and Attila Biro, who revealed possible EU corruption practices by a private company, responsible for carrying out some projects and suspected of carrying out scams with European funds.

Asen Yordanov, the owner of the portal, where the results of the Stoyanov and Biro investigation were published for the first time, said that his reporters received threats for his work and stressed that Marinova’s case is a “warning” to all journalists. “Victoria’s death, the brutal way in which she was murdered, was an execution“, he reiterated. “It was supposed to serve as a message, as a warning”, Yordanov stressed.

With that of Victoria Marinova, the number of EU journalists murdered in the last 12 months has risen to three. In October 2017 in Malta, Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was investigating corruption cases of government officials, died when her car exploded. On February 21, 2018, the Slovak investigative journalist Jan Kuciak was murdered, whose death the police also related to his work.

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