Man detained in Germany over Bulgarian journalist's murder

Viktoria Marinova a Bulgarian TV journalist was raped and murdered prosecutors and the interior minister said

A suspect in the rape and murder of Bulgarian television journalist Viktoria Marinova has been arrested in Germany, say officials.

The Bulgarian Interior Minister Mladen Marinov described the murder as "exceptionally brutal" and said Marinova was raped before she was murdered, according to state media.

Worldwide bodies charged with the safety of journalists around the world have condemned the murder of Marinova as The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a "rigorous, thorough investigation" into the killing.

The man, who wasn't identified, would be freed "very shortly", said Teodor Atanassov, chief police officer of the northern town of Ruse.

Her final show on September 30 was a program about Attila Biro, an investigative journalist with the Rise Project Romania, and Dimitar Stoyanov from the Bulgarian investigative site Bivol.bg.

"We have collected a lot of evidence which for the time being suggests that the person is guilty".

"Our work is continuing".

"There is physical evidence to link to the murder,"Marinov said Wednesday".

The third journalist to be killed in an EU country this year, the case has raised fears among European governments and rights groups about the risks of reporting and the dangers women journalists face.

Daphne Caruana Galizia , Malta's best-known investigative journalist, was killed in a vehicle bombing last October, and Slovakian journalist Jan Kuciak was shot dead in February.

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However, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov lashed out at worldwide bodies and rights groups which had been quick to assume a political motive behind the murder. "None of them true", he told the news conference.

"We, as a country, did not deserve to be smeared like this. while everyone has been working [to solve the crime] not 100, but 1,000 percent".

The CPJ said it was "shocked by the barbaric murder".

Frans Timmermans, vice president of the EU's executive branch, tweeted: "Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption. I did not know her personally, but as a mother I can only feel for her", said 28-year-old Denitsa Peicheva.

Bulgaria ranks 111th in the world in terms of press freedom, the worst in the EU. His repeated attacks on the media's credibility and legitimacy have wide-ranging and unsafe implications for the safety of journalists and press freedom.

Marinov also said - "The DNA evidence is conclusive".

"We call for police protection to be provided for the TVN journalists who worked with Viktoria Marinova on the same sensitive report, pending the outcome of the investigation", he added.

Several hundred people, many in tears, attended a vigil in Ruse on Monday, lighting candles and laying flowers in front of a portrait of Marinova.

Biro told the AP that he had never met Marinova - he said one of her colleagues had interviewed him and Stoyanov about their work. A similar tribute was held in Sofia.

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