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Victoria Marinova – a brave female Bulgarian journalist raped and murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse
"Likhte rahaey junoon ki hikayat-e-khoon chakan Har chand is main haath hamarey qalam hue." (We never stopped writing the real stories of crazy life though our fingers got chopped in the process.)

I don't know who had created the above Urdu couplet, but like always, this vibrant language – Urdu, that had given the "Inqalab Zindabad' clarion call to freedom movement and gave the Indian film industry the substance to talk screen, keep making its present felt in Parliament and at public spaces whenever a speaker tries to put his / her point in strongest terms. That is the moral victory for the most beautiful and forceful language of India. No one could force a language dead.

"Qareeb hai yaron roz-e-mahshar, chupe ga kushton ka khoon kyuon kar, jo chup rahe gee zaban-e-khanjar, lahoo pukarey ga asteen ka."

(Dear friends, the day of eternal justice is nearing; the blood of innocents could not be hidden anymore; if the tongue of the knife would be silenced, the blood, dropping from sleeves would cry out.)

No profession today is more dangerous than BOLD journalism in this chaotic world. According to a report published in 'Hindustan Times" on May 03, 2018, the number of journalists killed all over the world has seen a sharp rise in the last five years, with 530 such deaths – 18 of them in India – being reported from 2012 to 2016-end, according to a UNESCO report.

The report on 'World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development Global Report 2017/2018' said the number of killings was 67.72 per cent higher than the 316 recorded during the previous five-year period—from 2007 to 2011-end.

Syria, with 86, recorded the highest number of killings, followed by Iraq (46) , Mexico (37) , Somalia (36), Pakistan (30), Brazil (29), the Philippines and Yemen (21 each), Afghanistan (20), Honduras (19), India (18), Libya (17) and Guatemala (14).

Ten journalists were killed in Bangladesh, 10 in Ukraine, eight in France and six each in Paraguay and Turkey.

"With a number of Member States that have experienced periods of violent conflict, the Arab region remains the most dangerous for journalists, with 191 journalists killed between 2012 and 2016, including a significant peak of 50 deaths in 2012," it said.

A generally low-risk region for lethal violence against journalists, Western Europe and North America (17 killings) have seen uncharacteristically high killings in the past three years largely due to violent extremism, it added……………End of the HT report.

America is an ideal and dream country for poor nations. However, numerous journalists have been murdered or killed in the United States while reporting, covering a military conflict, or because of their status as a journalist. At least 39 of these have been directly targeted as a result of their journalistic investigations.

Only a few days back, in the "Merinews" I had written about Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Arabian journalist who had gone into the Saudi Consulate at Istanbul, Turkey and never seen again. His fate hangs in balance and no one knows what had really happened to him.

And, now, here is another heartrending story of a brave female Bulgarian journalist who was raped and murdered in Bulgaria's northern town of Ruse, according to officials.

The semi-nude body of 30-year-old Victoria Marinova was found in a park in the Danube town of Ruse on Saturday. She'd been beaten with such force that she was unrecognizable.

Marinova is the fourth high-profile journalist to be killed in Europe since the beginning of 2017. "Her mobile phone, car keys, glasses and part of her clothes were missing," an official said.

She was killed by blows on the head and suffocation, Georgiev said, adding that prosecutors were probing all leads – both personal and linked to Marinova's job. Interior Minister Mladen Marinov later confirmed to journalists that the victim had also been raped. As it usually happens after such sordid heinous incidents, the Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has expressed hope that the investigation would succeed because of the "work that has been done".

"Thanks to the large amount of DNA material collected it is just a matter of time before the perpetrator will be found," he said. Marinova was an administrative director of Ruse's small private TVN television.

"This is the fourth brutal murder of a journalist in a Member State of the European Union since 2017," Gutiérrez said in a statement. "The killers and their sponsors obviously aim to intimidate the entire profession."

Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist, was decapitated in August 2017 while conducting an interview on a submarine owned by inventor Peter Madsen, who was later convicted of the crime.

"Shocked by horrific murder of investigative journalist Victoria Marinova in Bulgaria," Harlem Desir wrote on Twitter. 

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on the Bulgarian authorities to conduct a rigorous, thorough investigation into the killing of Victoria Marinova.

No, this is not the end of the story. It is whirring continuum of greed, power, politics and conscience like Vaital Katha. It will go on!

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