Bulgarian investigative journalist was killed: journalists’ murder in the EU continue

October 8, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Bulgarian investigative journalist was killed: journalists’ murder in the EU continue: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

According to Bulgarian prosecutors, TV journalist Viktoria Marinova 30-year-old had been raped, beaten and suffocated in the town in the North of the country. Marinova’s body was found in a park near the Danube river in Ruse. Bulgarian Journalist Viktoria Marinova had been investigating alleged corruption involving EU funds. The victim presented a current affairs talk program called ‘Detector’ for small private TV channel. The 1st episode of the show on September 30th, she opened up about an investigation into alleged fraud involving EU funds linked to big businessmen and politicians.

Prosecutors opened up that the death of the woman was caused by blows to the head and suffocation and most probably occurred in broad daylight. Besides, the mobile phone, car keys, glasses and part of her clothes were absent in the crime scene according to official statements. The Interior Minister later confirmed that the victim had also been raped.

The Prime Minister made an official statement and claimed that a large amount of evidence had been collected adding that ‘it is just a matter of time before the perpetrator is found’. Moreover, police sources told the crime did not immediately appear to be linked to her work.


“There is no democracy without a free press . We expect a swift and thorough investigation to bring those responsible to justice,” the European Commission, the European Union’s executive said in a tweet. Bulgaria ranked 111 out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders world press freedom index this year, lower than any other EU member according to a Reuters report related to the news story.

The murder of Viktoria Marinova has become the 3rd murder of investigative journalists in Europe in less than a year. Bulgaria’s citizens, as well as the European community, are concerned because of the situation around the safety and security of journalists. The latest statement of Bulgarian police about the absence of the connection between the murder and victim’s investigations sparked immediate international condemnation. The Committee to Protect Journalists said, ‘Bulgarian authorities must employ all efforts and resources to carry out an exhaustive inquiry and bring to justice those responsible’.

Marinova’s murder has made the situation even worse. That is why the solving this case is one of the main priorities today for officials in Bulgaria.


Investigation of such delicate cases like the one of Marinova’s murder is essential to re-establish faith in law enforcement system for every country. People across Europe have high expectations that need to be restored in democracy as well as free press. The public sentiment across Bulgaria and Europe is that hopefully the truth will soon be uncovered, her perpetrator or perpetrators found and justly punished by Bulgarian criminal justice system. As there is no physical DNA evidence as reported by the interior minister, the case is complex for sure. In order to ensure swift delivery of justice for Marinova, a journalist and a mother of a seven-year-old daughter, the law enforcement must take the investigation of this case as one of their top priorities.

There is one such technology that delivers impeccably accurate results even when no physical evidence is available, it is called iCognative by Brainwave Science.

iCognative is a revolutionary new scientific technology to detect specific information stored the brain. Designed, developed and delivered by Brainwave Science, this virtually infallible technology addresses challenges in a new era to provide an edge to law enforcement agencies globally. iCognative is a novel technology that can determine the fact of presence or absence of specific crime-related information in the brain of every suspect. Besides, the technology provides over 99% accuracy in results. iCognative technology fundamentally relies on measurement and analysis of human brainwaves. Words, phrases or pictures relevant to a crime are presented before all suspects on a monitor to observe. There are no question and answers, the suspects are expected to wear a wireless proprietary headset and just observe the items flashed on the screen for approximately 45 minutes during a test.  At the end of the test, fully automated, system driven iCognative technology determines if the suspect has hidden knowledge in his brain about a specific crime.

In the case of the Marinova’s murder, iCognative can help find out who really perpetuated and is connected with this horrible crime. To conduct a iCognative test, an investigator uploads confidential case facts including  known details such as: the date and time of the murder; name, and pictures of the place where the body was found; the type of weapon used; the photos of Marinova’s body on the crime scene; digital forensics records; whom she called on the day she was killed; testimonies from her company and the family members, etc.  Brain responses of a suspect will be recorded and analyzed for each response from the brain at the end of iCognative test. Final results are available just by a click of a button at the end of iCognative test delivering definitive results for investigators convenience leaving no room for any guesswork.

Marinova’s death is a horrible shock not only for Bulgaria but also for all of the EU.  Solving of this case is essential today for the European community because cases like these emphasize the importance of press as the pillar of expression of own minds and thoughts that is one of the main pillars of democracy. In this situation and many more, iCognative is the best solution ably suited for Marinova’s case, that can open the truth to the world and provide safety for journalists and citizens of the world.

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