In response to the news of the murder of Bulgarian investigative journalist Viktoria Marinova, found dead in the town of Ruse in northern Bulgaria on Saturday, PEN America issued the following statement:

“The horrifying rape and murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova demands an immediate, rigorous, and independent investigation. If there is evidence that the killing was tied to her investigative work, it would make Marinova the third European journalist in the past year to be killed while seeking to shine a light on corruption, following the murders of Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta on October 16, 2017 and Jan Kuciak on February 21 of this year. Press freedom is put at grave risk when journalists are murdered; this must be a wake up call for leaders across Europe and around the world to defend and protect the rights of journalists to do their jobs.”

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