Architects of their own problems? A tale of troubled TV girls
1 weeks ago, 11:48
Lately, the world has been treated to breaking news about news presenters. And what a shock and tale with a twist it is.
Whether it is a celebrated TV host getting pregnant, being divorced, hooking up with a politician or even being involved in legal matters, the TV girl has become a news magnet.
They are as attractive as they come – like it were the days when men used to watch TV waiting for the weather forecast moment, thanks to the beauty and allure of the TV weather girl.
People get obsessed with TV girls. Men want to date them and women want to be them. Others find them dangerous, especially for those who pursue investigative journalism.
Whichever the case, it is becoming clear that the job of a TV girl might be one of the most troublesome in our days.
As the drama on Jacque Maribe and her court appearance in connection with the murder or of Monica Kimani went on this week – we were treated to yet another murder story involving yet another TV girl.
The news was on Viktoria Marinova – a celebrated Bulgarian television reporter who become the third journalist to be murdered in the European Union in the last year, and the fourth since the start of 2017.
According to USA Today, the 30-year-old’s body was found dumped near the Danube River in the town of Ruse, northern Bulgaria, on Saturday. Police said she had been beaten, raped and strangled.
It is not known if Marinova’s murder is linked to her journalism work. Investigators are still trying to trace potential witnesses and establish a motive for her killing.
However, Bulgarian media reported that Marinova recently interviewed Romanian journalists who were investigating politicians and businessmen for alleged corruption of EU funds.
“It is about rape and murder,” Interior Minister Mladen Marinov said, apparently concluding there was no evidence to suggest the killing was linked to Marinova’s work.
According to USA Today, Marinova worked for a small local TV station called TVN where she presented two investigative programs.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, an intergovernmental body, called for a “thorough investigation” of her rape and murder, noting “a trend of increased attacks against female journalists.”
The online newspaper reports that Maltese investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia was killed in a car bomb in October.
She had worked on the Panama Papers - leaked documents that revealed financial information about the offshore accounts of high-profile officials.
Slovakian investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his girlfriend were shot to death in February. Kuciak was investigating tax fraud.
Swedish freelance journalist Kim Wall was murdered in a gruesome case in Denmark last year by Danish inventor Peter Madsen. Wall was killed and mutilated after boarding Madsen’s submarine to do an interview.
Frans Timmermans, vice president of the EU’s executive branch, tweeted: “Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption. Those responsible should be brought to justice immediately by the Bulgarian authorities.”
Bulgaria ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index this year. ...
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