Suspect arrested in murder of Bulgarian journalist, report says

Suspect arrested in murder of Bulgarian journalist, report says

Suspect arrested in murder of Bulgarian journalist, report says

On her last TV show, on September 30, Marinova introduced two journalists who were investigating suspected corruption involving European Union funds and said her own show, "Detector", on local television station NTV, would carry out similar investigations. There is already speculation that Marinova's death was linked to her work, and the OSCE representative on freedom of the media has called for Bulgarian authorities to "quickly determine" the reasons behind the attack.

Police said a Romanian citizen of Ukrainian origin was being detained for 24 hours while his alibi is checked.

Marinova's death also drew global calls for a rapid and resolute action, with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urging governments to ensure "accountability" for crimes against journalists such as the Bulgarian journalist's "grisly murder and rape".

On Monday, hundreds of mourners in Bulgaria held vigils for Ms Marinova.

In a statement from the United Nations cultural agency's headquarters in Paris, Azoulay added: "Attacks on journalists erode the fundamental human right to freedom of expression and its corollaries, press freedom and free access to information".

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Ms Marinova's body was discovered in a park in the northern city of Ruse near the River Danube on Saturday.

"Shocked by the horrendous murder of Victoria Marinova".

"Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption", said Frans Timmermans, vice president of the European Commission.

Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a vehicle bombing in October 2017 in Malta and Jan Kuciak was murdered in Slovakia in February 2018.

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.

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Ms Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station, and a TV presenter for two investigative programmes.

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

But Bivol.bg owner Asen Yordanov said he had received credible information his journalists were in danger of being assaulted because of the investigation that featured on Ms Marinova's show.

Marinova's killing was widely-condemned on Twitter by fellow journalists and watchdog groups.

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

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"The country has a bad image with regard to press freedom, but it's possible that there is no link to this case", said Svetoslav Terziev, opposition media analyst and journalism teacher.

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