Bulgarian man charged with murder of TV journalist Viktoria Marinova

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

Authorities can not yet say whether or not Marinova's murder in the northern Bulgarian city of Ruse was linked to her work as a broadcast journalist, according to Bulgarian Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov.

Marinova, the third high-profile journalist to be killed in the European Union in the past year, and the fourth since the start of 2017, was a journalist known to ask tough questions.

The European Commission urged Bulgaria on Monday to conduct a rapid investigation into the killing.

Her body was found in a park in the northern city of Ruse, near the River Danube, on Saturday.

European Commission spokesman Margaritis Schinas said the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation" of Viktoria Marinova's death "that will bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work".

Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov seemed to dismiss her work as a motive for the killing.

No link has been established to her work so far and Borissov criticised Bulgarians who he said had rushed to mention Bulgaria along with Malta and Slovakia, where journalists had been killed recently for their work.

Marinova's murder has drawn global condemnation and calls from media watchdogs for a comprehensive investigation. "A large amount of DNA had been obtained".

A child holds next to a portrait of slain television reporter Viktoria Marinova during a vigil at the Liberty Monument in Ruse, Bulgaria, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018.

Meanwhile, the OSCE representative on freedom of the media, Harlem Desir, called on the authorities to "quickly determine" if this attack was "linked to her work".

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Reporters Without Borders, in their 2018 country report for India, have stressed the wave of Hindu nationalism promoted by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses deadly threat to press freedom in India.

Several months ago, she became the host of an investigative program called Detector.

"In certain countries there is just not enough enforcement of the law", Robert Mahoney, deputy executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists, told NPR.

Transparency International, a global corruption watchdog, has identified Bulgaria as the most corrupt member state in the EU. "We can not have democracy without free press".

Atanas Tchobanov, the editor-in-chief of Bivol, said in a telephone interview that he was skeptical of the government's response.

TVN said in a statement: 'With great pain and insurmountable grief the TVN's team is experiencing the loss of our beloved colleague Victoria Marinova and we pray for sympathy to the sorrow of her relatives and colleagues'.

The two worked alongside the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

In another high-profile case, journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva broke news a year ago that large caches of U.S., Saudi, and Bulgarian weapons were secretly being shipped to Syria.

Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was investigating corruption, was killed when a bomb blew up her vehicle in October 2017.

"Again, a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption".

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