Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Journalists warn of cover-up after reporter killed

Journalists warn of cover-up after reporter killed

A Bulgarian television journalist has been murdered in the northern town of Ruse, The Guardian reports.

A journalist who reported on alleged fraud involving the misuse of European Union funds has been found murdered in northeastern Bulgaria, authorities said on October 7.

In October 2017, Daphne Caruana Galizia, a Maltese reporter who specialised in government corruption and money laundering, was killed by a auto bomb near her home.

But they said it does not appear that the murder was linked to her work as a journalist.

"Whatever results the investigation (into Marinova's death) shows, people won't believe them", she said.

Worldwide, at least 48 journalists have been killed doing their work in 2018, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, an organization that promotes press freedom.

Bulgaria's Prime Minister, Boyko Borissov, told reporters a "large amount" of DNA had been collected.

"Bulgarian authorities must employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry and bring to justice those responsible", said Tom Gibson, the CPJ's European Union representative, in a statement.

Only one segment of the relaunched program aired before her death.

The killings were part of a wider trend, according to Dimitrios Papadimoulis, a left-wing Greek MEP, who said "corruption is threatening democracy" in Europe.

A reporter from TVN told AFP, "We are in shock".

"Shocked by the horrendous murder of Victoria Marinova".

Marinova was a presenter with the TVN broadcaster for the show "Detektor".

A candlelight vigil in Marinova's memory is organised for Monday evening in Sofia.

Reporters Without Borders said other TVN journalists should get police protection during the investigation.

Large groups of people have gathered at Liberty Monument in the city of Ruse, Bulgaria, this evening and the capital city of Sofia to pay tribute to the slain journalist who was investigating alleged corruption involving European Union funds. Those responsible should be brought to justice immediately by the Bulgarian authorities'.

The crime has sparked global outcry, with the OSCE's media freedom representative, Harlem Desir, calling for "a full and thorough investigation". Last month she began anchoring a program called "Detector", which focused on political investigations.

She had interviewed the reporters behind the story, investigative journalists Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bivol.bg website and Attila Biro from the Romanian Rise Project.

A suspect in the rape and killing of a Bulgarian television journalist whose work highlighted corruption in the East European country has been arrested in Germany, officials said Wednesday.

Indian journalists have been facing abuse, intimidation and attacks since years, with cold-blooded killings of Gauri Lankesh in 2017 or Ram Chander Chhatrapati - who tried to expose the rape culture at Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh's Dera Sacha Sauda, 16 years back.

"In the last six years, it's been an incredibly risky time to be a journalist", says Robert Mahoney the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) deputy executive director.

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