Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist who had been reporting on alleged corruption linked to European Union funds was found raped and murdered in a park in Ruse in Romania.
Marinova 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.
Mladen Marinov, Interior Minister of Bulgaria, said that Marinov’s murder was not linked to her reporting, and further said that there was no evidence she had be threatened prior to the unfortunate incidence.
That assertion was, however, contradicted by Asen Yordanov – the owner of the investigative website, bivol.bg. Yordanov said that he had received information that his reporters were in danger of being assaulted. He said Marinova was linked to bivol.bg’s investigations because its reporters had appeared on her show.
Within a year, Marinova is the third journalist who has been murdered in the EU.