Condemning the murder, Harlem Desir, media freedom representative for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), wrote on Twitter, "I will closely follow the investigation into the horrific murder of investigative journalist Viktoria Marinova in #Bulgaria".
Mladen Marinov, Bulgaria's interior minister, described the murder as "exceptionally brutal", according to local news outlets. Some of her personal items were scattered near the walkway, and her body was found lying several meters away from one of her shoes, he said.
Sotir Tsatsarov, Bulgaria's prosecutor general, confirmed the arrest of Severin Krasimirov, 21, a Bulgarian citizen, but gave no further details.
Her body was found on Saturday dumped in the Danube river. German authorities were not immediately available.
The man - a Romanian - was being held for 24 hours, Atanasov said.
Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who investigated local government corruption, was killed in October 2017 by a vehicle bomb.
Marinova was a director of TVN, a small TV station in Ruse, and a TV presenter for two investigative programs.
Marinova was planning to investigate corruption of European Union funds shortly before she was murdered, Bulgarian officials told ABC News.
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Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was investigating corruption, was killed when a bomb blew up her auto in October 2017. She worked on the so-called Panama Papers, leaked documents that revealed financial information about the offshore accounts of high-profile officials. In February, Ján Kuciak, a 27-year-old investigative reporter, and his fiancée, Martina Kušnírová, were shot dead in their home, 40 miles from Bratislava.
"Corrupt institutions can arrest you on an ID check, start criminal or tax investigations against you, scare you in interviews, or even have you fired".
"[The] CPJ is shocked by the barbaric murder of journalist Viktoria Marinova", commented its European Union representative, Tom Gibson, from Brussels.
Kim Wall, a Swedish journalist, was decapitated in August 2017 while conducting an interview on a submarine owned by inventor Peter Madsen, who was later convicted of the crime. "Again a courageous journalist falls in the fight for truth and against corruption", he tweeted Sunday, not long after the news of the murder broke.
Margaritis Schinas, spokesman for European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, said Monday that the commission expected "a swift and thorough investigation. that will bring those responsible to justice and clarify whether this attack was linked to her work".
The Union of Publishers in Bulgaria, in a report issued in May, found that "growing collusion between publishers, oligarchs and political parties during the past decade has resulted in a major decline in the press freedom". That's lower than any other member of the EU.
At the event, an investigative journalist, Neha Dixit spoke about the trolling against the journalists and how the onus "lies on the state to provide a constitutional mechanism to address these kinds of trolling and threats everybody is facing". Khashoggi is a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In another high-profile case, journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva broke news past year that large caches of U.S., Saudi, and Bulgarian weapons were secretly being shipped to Syria. Saudi Arabia dismissed the claim.