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Viktoria Marinova: Arrest over Bulgarian journalist's murder
10 October 2018, 11:25 | Myron Mathis
Viktoria Marinova was raped and murdered
Police and prosecutors have been investigating Marinova's murder, which happened after she hosted a programme about two Romanian and Bulgarian investigative journalists from Rise Romania and Bivol.bg who were detained while reporting on an alleged fraud case involving European funds.
The minister said investigators had spoken to Marinova's family and friends and "there is no apparent link to her work".
A Romanian citizen has been detained in connection to the brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova on October 6, according to media reports.
Several hundred people, many in tears, attended a vigil in Ruse's central square, lighting candles and laying flowers in front of a portrait of Marinova.
The 30-year-old journalist's last report covered corruption in EU-funded projects.
Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, said attacks on journalists erode fundamental human rights to freedom of expression and press.
Some observers believe the murder could be linked to Marinova's work.
Marinova was reportedly involved in covering an investigation by a group of journalists into alleged corruption involving European Union funds. Caruana Galizia was killed in a auto bombing in October in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February.
Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said investigators had found DNA evidence on the clothes and body of Viktoria Marinova, who was raped and killed on Saturday in the northern town of Ruse. "Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption", the EU Commission's vice president Frans Timmermans tweeted late Sunday.
While the reporter did not appear to have been intimately involved in uncovering the alleged fraud, her show touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.
She presented a current affairs talk programme called Detector for Ruse's small private TVN television.
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.
Following the programme hosted by Ms Marinova, Bulgaria's interior ministry said prosecutors were investigating GP Group, a large construction company alleged to have misused the European Union money, and froze €14m in assets.
Azoulay said: "Attacks on journalists erode the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and its corollaries, press freedom and free access to information".
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