Statement from the Press Freedom Defense Fund on the Murder of Victoria Marinova, and the Disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The rape and murder of 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist Victoria Marinova, and the grievous, recent developments surrounding the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, have shocked journalists and human rights advocates all over the world. 

These barbaric attacks against two respected journalists are a stark reminder that free speech and democratic values continue to be threatened by powerful actors. Our thoughts are with Victoria Marinova’s and Jamal Khashoggi’s families and loved ones. 

We hope Bulgarian and Turkish authorities will conduct swift and thorough investigations in both cases. The Press Freedom Defense Fund will continue to advocate for increased journalistic protections and emphasize the necessary governmental measures to support investigative journalism throughout the world. 

James Risen
Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

Kate Myers
Deputy Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund


First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Grants under this program are used to fund challenges to policies or actions that restrict press freedom and obstruct access to essential information in the United States and around the world.

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