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Journalist brutally murdered in Bulgaria: Prosecutors

AFP  |  Sofia 

A has been brutally murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, prosecutors said Sunday, with the case drawing international condemnation.

The body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova, identified by authorities only by her initials, was found on Saturday in a park, regional said.

The death was caused by blows on the head and suffocation, he added.

"Her mobile phone, car keys, glasses and part of her clothes were missing," Georgiev said, adding that prosecutors were probing all leads -- both personal and linked to Marinova's job.

Police sources told AFP that the crime did not immediately appear linked to her work.

The OSCE's condemned Marinova's killing on Twitter: "Shocked by horrific murder of investigative in # Urgently call for a full and thorough investigation. Those responsible must be held to account."

reported that Marinova was an of Ruse's TVN television and had just started her own talk show called "Detector". The channel has not released any statement so far.

A is killed on average every week around the world, according to figures compiled by (RSF).

Among the most high-profile recent cases were Malta's anti-corruption blogger who died in a car bombing outside her home in October 2017, and top Slovak who was shot dead with his fiancee at their home in February.

tumbled down to 111th place in the annual RSF ranking in 2018 -- lower than any other EU member state.

Widespread corruption, shady media ownership, and suspected collusion between journalists, politicians, and oligarchs have made objective reporting a constant obstacle-run, RSF said.

According to the Bulgaria-based Association of European Journalists, reporters from small regional and are particularly subjected to pressure from and politicians and outright threats, often leading to self-censorship.

Violence against women has also been widespread in with several brutal killings of women by their ex-boyfriends and ex-husbands causing an outcry in the media recently.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 21:15 IST