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A news kiosk in downtown Sofia, in May 2017. When CPJ traveled to Bulgaria in April 2019 it found that despite being threatened for their work, Bulgaria's investigative journalists are undeterred. (AFP/Nikolay Doychinov)

Bulgaria’s press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station’s studios. When CPJ’s Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don’t believe the attack is linked to Marinova’s work, it has highlighted the…

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The TVN headquarters in Warsaw, pictured in September 2017. Poland's Internal Security Agency raided the home of one of the broadcaster's reporters over his undercover reporting. (AP/Czarek Sokolowski)

Gagging orders, legal action, and communist era laws used to try to ‘choke’ Polish press

Polish security agents enter the house of a prominent TV journalist over accusations that he propagated Nazi propaganda. Police summon a reporter over claims that he breached the privacy of the vice-head of the constitutional court. And Poland’s central bank files gagging orders against two papers, demanding they remove several articles about a corruption scandal…

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A screen shot of Bulgarian TV host and administrative director Victoria Marinova speaking during her final broadcast on TVN Bulgaria on September 30, 2018. Marinova was found dead in the northern Bulgarian town of Ruse on October 6. (TVN Bulgaria)

Bulgarian TV host Viktoria Marinova raped and killed

Berlin, October 7, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Bulgarian authorities to conduct a rigorous, thorough investigation into the killing of Viktoria Marinova, presenter and administrative director for local television channel TVN. Marinova, 30, was found dead yesterday in the Bulgarian town of Ruse, 300 km (185 miles) northeast of the capital Sofia;…

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