Bulgarian broadcast journalist raped and murdered

Viktoria Marinova a Bulgarian TV journalist was raped and murdered prosecutors and the interior minister said

Georgy Georgiev, the special prosecutor of Ruse, said she was killed by blows to the head and suffocation.He added that Marinova's cell phone, auto keys, glasses and some clothes were missing.

"All leads are being looked at" in the crime investigation including possible links to her professional activity, chief prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov said Monday.

The Bulgarian prime minister, Boyko Borisov, said: "The best criminologists were sent to Ruse, let's not press them".

Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programs. "A large amount of DNA had been obtained".

Prosecutors said the 30-year-old had been raped, beaten and suffocated.

Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist who had reported on corruption, was found raped and murdered on Saturday, authorities said.

"It is unacceptable that in Europe journalists are getting killed again", he said, referring to the killings of two other investigative journalists in those European Union countries.

"It is about rape and murder", Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said, according to The Guardian.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation" of Viktoria Marinova's death "that will bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work". Those responsible must be held to account'.

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The murder was similarly condemned by the European and International Federation of Journalists, both of which said they were deeply shocked by the murder.

In October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese reporter who specialized in government corruption and money laundering, was killed by a vehicle bomb near her home. "It was meant to serve as an example, something like a warning". Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was murdered in a gruesome case in Denmark a year ago by Danish inventor Peter Madsen.

"Viktoria's death, the brutal manner in which she was killed, is an execution", Yordanov said.

Local media focused on Marinova's recent TV interview with Bulgarian journalists Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov who were investigating alleged large-scale fraud by companies involved in EU-funded infrastructure projects.

Bulgaria tumbled to 111th place in the annual RSF media freedom ranking in 2018 - the lowest among European Union member states.

"It's risky to be a journalist in Bulgaria and physical assault is just one of the threats", says Silvia Velikova, a senior journalist from Bulgarian National Radio who covers the judiciary and politics.

In October 2017 hundreds of Bulgarian journalists protested in Sofia against threats from Deputy Prime Minister Valeri Simeonov against the nation's biggest broadcasters after he accused mainstream media of leading a "massive smear campaign" against him.

A Bulgarian investigative online site owner has called for an independent worldwide inquiry into the rape and slaying of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova.

Condolences poured in on social media for Marinova who leaves behind a small child.

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