Suspect in Bulgarian journalist slaying arrested in Germany

Her body was discovered in a park on Saturday

A similar observance was held in Sofia. Her body was found Saturday near the Danube River.

Bulgaria's prosecutor general, Sotir Tsatsarov, confirmed the arrest of Severin Krasimirov, a 21-year-old Bulgarian citizen, but gave no further details.

Exposing corruption: Bulgarian TV journalist Viktoria Marinova.

"This is a topic on which no other Bulgarian national media dared to report on", he told The Associated Press.

"With enormous pain and insurmountable grief the team of TVN television is experiencing the loss of our beloved colleague, Victoria Marinova", TVN said in a statement.

"Moreover, the use of sexual and physical abuse to silence a woman journalist, is an outrage against the dignity and basic human rights of every woman".

He quoted Mr Juncker as saying previously that "too many" journalists are being intimidated, attacked or murdered and that "there is no democracy without a free press".

Marinova is the third journalist to be murdered in Europe in the past 12 months after Jan Kuciak in Slovakia in February and Daphne Caruana Galizia in Malta in October 2017.

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In 2016, a court ruled that she had abused one of her housekeepers and was ordered to pay a fine of $42,000 (£32,189). According to rules, meals can not be ordered from the prime minister's residence when a cook is employed.

European leaders have expressed their shock at the killing.

"Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption", said Vice President of the European Union Frans Timmermans. "It is about rape and murder", he said said.

She had recently been working on corruption allegations against businessmen and politicians. The journalists, Attila Biro and Dimitar Stoyanov, had been detained in September for their work.

Bivol.bg owner Asen Yordanov told AFP that "Viktoria's death, the brutal manner in which she was killed, is an execution".

The crime has sparked global outcry, with condemnation from the OSCE and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

"The government and the corporate world pressure strongly the media owners and the media themselves", Marinova said, according to a translation by Bulgarian investigative news site Bivol.

Bivol.bg owner Assen Yordanov said he couldn't directly link Marinova's slaying to her work, but noted her show tackled "our very sensitive investigation into the misuse of European Union funds". He said there was no information that she had been threatened.

The individual is a "Romanian citizen with a passport from Moldova", according to unconfirmed media reports quoted by The Independent. The journalist said he and his coworkers feared for their safety.

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