MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS THESE KILLINGS OF JOURNALISTS ARE EMBARRASSING EUROPEAN UNION!

“But premature political statements which are insensitive and goes against any tenet of law and order, let alone, investigations surrounding any homicide, should not discount any possibility, let alone, causal link and circumstantial evidence!”

MALAYSIA ASEAN APEC LEAD CONSUMERIST & HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER DR JACOB GEORGE SAYS THESE KILLINGS OF JOURNALISTS ARE EMBARRASSING EUROPEAN UNION!

It was also among the founding nations of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in 1975.

Yes, Bulgaria signed the European Union Treaty of Accession on 25 April 2005, and became a full member of the European Union on 1 January 2007.

But lots have happened since!

Many of us will not be shocked, that Bulgaria today ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters without Borders world press freedom index this year!

And that means that Bulgaria is lower than any other EU member and also lower than other countries in the western Balkans, and ironically, some of which are candidates for EU membership.

No reasons to guess, why either?

But the sadness is that this time last year investigative journalist par excellence, Daphne Caruana Galizia, Malta’s best-known was killed when a powerful bomb blew up her car!

Then inexplicably, we had another when Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak was shot dead in February this year!

Fast forward October the body of 30-year-old Viktoria Marinova was found in a park in Ruse on Saturday.

We are advised that the authorities there identified her only by her initials.

She is alleged to have been raped and murdered!
Viktoria Marinova was a journalist who reported on an investigation into alleged high powered corruption involving European Union funds!

But premature political statements which are insensitive and goes against any tenet of law and order, let alone investigations surrounding any homicide, should not discount any possibility, let alone causal link and circumstantial evidence!

It is a basic kindergarten SOP – without full exhaustive and comprehensive investigation just – shut up!

But according to reports from friends in diplomatic and investigative circles, there is strong suspicion that the murder was related to Marinova’s work!

Of course, we have concession political statements we see in any country post such an event, where politicians play – “silap mata politics!”

So yes – Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov is reported to have told reporters that he is convinced it is a matter of time before the murder would be revealed.

That the best criminologists were sent to Ruse!

So the world waits!

For the record, Marinova, who was a board member of the Ruse-based TV station TVN – one of the most popular TV channels in northeastern Bulgaria – is the third journalist to have been murdered in the European Union in a year.

Something must be super rotten and scary in Bulgaria!