Bulgarian authorities on Tuesday will release and won't charge a man taken into custody in connection with the slaying of Bulgarian television reporter Viktoria Marinova, whose body was found after she highlighted possible government corruption.
Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said today that there is no evidence to suggest the killing was linked to Ms Marinova's work.
"In the last six years, it's been an incredibly risky time to be a journalist", says Robert Mahoney the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) deputy executive director.
Local media focused on Marinova's recent TV interview with Bulgarian journalists Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov who were investigating alleged large-scale fraud by companies involved in EU-funded infrastructure projects.
Bulgaria is ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom index.
The European Commission urged Bulgaria on Monday to conduct a rapid investigation into the killing.
At a previously scheduled meeting on October 7 of officials from the Interior Ministry, the Prosecutor-General's Office, and security agencies, Prime Minister Boyko Borisov promised that investigators would solve the case.
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No official version of the chilling murder has been presented so far as the authorities are trying to find the perpetrators, saying it's "just a matter of time".
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Bivol.bg owner Assen Yordanov said Monday he couldn't directly link Marinova's slaying on Saturday to her work, but noted her September 30 show tackled "our very sensitive investigation into the misuse of European Union funds".
The journalist's murder shocked her country and prompted claims she may have been targeted as "a warning" because of her work. He declined to answer reporters' question about whether there was signs she had been sexually assaulted.
Dujarric told reporters at United Nations headquarters in NY "there's been a very worrying increase of violence, sexual and otherwise, that's particularly targeting women journalists". She said the regional current affairs show, "Detector", would do similar investigations.
Marinova is the third investigative journalist from the European Union to have been targeted in less than 12 months.
But a number of experts in Bulgaria were more sceptical about a political motive, arguing that Marinova was not an investigative journalist and the way the killing was carried out did not fit in with such a scenario. He accused the mainstream media of leading a "massive smear campaign" against him.