Bulgaria probes rape and murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova

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Ms Marinova was planning a report about a separate case of alleged embezzlement when she was killed. She said the regional current affairs show, "Detector", would do similar investigations.

Although there is no confirmation that Marinova, who was 30, was murdered because of her television work, the case has led to calls from worldwide and domestic media freedom bodies who have urged a thorough investigation and linked it to Bulgaria's low ranking in media freedom in comparison with all other European Union countries.

"They are on the right path, but let's see how the investigation proceeds", he said.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmerman said he was "shocked by the horrendous murder".

He tweeted: 'Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption.

Bulgaria's government said there was no evidence the killing was linked to Marinova's journalism for local television station TVN, "but her death has drawn global condemnation and press freedom campaigners have expressed fears of a cover-up", says The Independent. Initial lab results linked his DNA to samples found at the crime scene, authorities said.

Her final show was a program about Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise Project Romania, and a colleague from Bulgarian investigative site Bivol.bg.

While Marinova didn't appear to have been closely involved in the fraud investigation, her show touched on a sensitive subject in Bulgaria, where corruption is endemic.

Marinova died "of combined trauma to her head and asphyxiation", he said.

The thirty-year-old's body was found in a park on Saturday, Georgiev said. The Ruse prosecution office and local police stated at a press conference today that they would look at "all versions" of the murder, according to Balkan Insight.

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

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The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a "rigorous, thorough investigation" into the killing.

He also called on the Bulgarian government to do more about protecting the safety of journalists working in the country generally.

He said: "It is about rape and murder".

Reporters Without Borders ranks Bulgaria last in the European Union for press freedom.

The prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, told reporters in Ruse on Monday that nothing would be ruled out, but he also said that it was unlikely the killing was connected to her work.

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