Statement of WfPC of PEN International
WfPC of PEN International are shocked by the brutal attack on the Bulgarian investigative TV presenter Viktorija Marinova , in Ruse, Bulgaria.
The news of her death came only days after the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist critical of the Saudi regime, in Istanbul, now presumed dead.
‘It’s an outrage! In Europe we never had it so bad since the Bosnian war in the nineties, but that was war-reporting… ’ says the Chair of the WfPC Marjan Strojan.
In less than a year we have seen Daphne Caruani Galizia die in a car bomb explosion in Malta, the shooting of Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend in Slovakia, the attempt on life of the Montenegrin investigative journalist Olivera Lakić, and, in the last week, two more deaths of well-known journalists, both as yet unexplained.’
The WfPC strongly condemns the killings and demands an immediate and conclusive investigation into the crimes by the relevant authorities.