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09 October 2018, 08:43 | Myron Mathis
Viktoria Marinova a Bulgarian TV journalist was raped and murdered prosecutors and the interior minister said More
Police in Bulgaria are investigating the killing of investigative reporter Viktoria Marinova.
Marinova worked for a small local TV station called TVN where she presented two investigative programs.
The first episode of the show on 30 September broadcast interviews with investigative journalists Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bivol.bg website and Attila Biro from the Romanian Rise Project, about an investigation into alleged fraud involving European Union funds linked to big businessmen and politicians. Police said she had been beaten, raped and strangled.
Officials later confirmed to journalists that the victim was also raped.
"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.
Chief Public Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov, on a trip to Ruse, said authorities had no new leads on a motive.
Condolences poured in on Facebook for Marinova who leaves behind a small child.
Hundreds of people flocked to Ruse's main square to put flowers in front of a picture of Marinova, with some in the crowds urging the authorities not to play down the possibility her work was a reason for the killing.
Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said Monday the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation. that will bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work".
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