Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist who had been reporting on alleged corruption linked to European Union funds was found raped and murdered on Saturday. The 30-year-old journalist was found dead in a park in Ruse, a town in the far north, along with the border of Romania, Reuters reported.
Marinova had worked at the Ruse-based TV station TVN as a reporter. She had hosted a recently-launched program, interviewing investigative journalists about alleged corruption between businessman and politicians involving EU funds.
Bulgarian interior minister Mladen Marinov denied that Marinova’s murder was linked to her reporting, and said there was no evidence she had been threatened.
A reporter from TVN told AFP,
Marinova is the third journalist murdered in the EU within the last year. According to the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index, Bulgaria ranks lower than other EU member.