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Monday, October 15, 2018


Popular TV Anchor Victoria Marinova, 30, was brutally raped and murdered in Bulgaria, the latest outrage against women journalists

When those in power, who fear losing power because democratic tides are against them, will turn to murdering the voices who oppose them.  That’s what authoritarians do.  Investigative reporters are fair game in Eastern Europe, Turkey and Malta, especially women.

Last week, Bulgarian Victoria Marinova, 30, a popular on air reporter and station manager for television channel TVN. was raped, beaten, and strangled to death in Ruse, Bulgaria, 185 miles north of Sofia.  Click here.

Marinova’s death comes within hours of reports of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance in and around the Saudi Embassy in Turkey.

See Columbia Journalism Review’s Pete Vernon’s article: “The Silencing of a Saudi Truth Teller.  Click here.

It was not clear whether the murder was linked to Marinova's journalistic activities, Balkan Insight reported. 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 media outlet Balkan Insight.

Marinova's last broadcast was an interview with Romanian journalist Attila Biro from the investigative news site Rise Project and his Bulgarian counterpart, Dimitar Stoyanov, from investigative news site Bivol, who were looking into allegations of fraud involving EU funds for the global investigative reporting platform Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), Bulgarian news site Terminal 3 reported. The two reporters were detained by Bulgarian police in September, CPJ reported.

According to CPJ research, two investigative journalists have been killed in the EU in the past year in connection with their work. Slovak investigative journalist Ján Kuciak was shot dead in February 2018 in Slovakia, and prominent Maltese investigative journalist and blogger Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in October 2017 when the car that she was driving exploded near her house in northern Malta.

So far in 2018, CPJ lists 43 journalists have died on the job, including four in the United States.  Click here.

The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.

Every year, hundreds of journalists are attacked, imprisoned, or killed. For more than 30 years, CPJ has been there to defend them and fight for press freedom.

CPJ is made up of about 40 experts around the world, with headquarters in New York City. When press freedom violations occur, CPJ mobilizes a network of correspondents who report and take action on behalf of those targeted.

CPJ reports on violations in repressive countries, conflict zones, and established democracies alike. A board of prominent journalists from around the world helps guide CPJ's activities.

From Foreign Policy website:
Jamal Khashoggi’s Disappearance Is Even Stranger that It Seems
The Saudi journalist is presumed dead, but we may never know what happened to him.
By Steven A. Cook.
Click here for full article.

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