Having survived an assassination attempt in my youth as a journalist, every case of violence against fellow journalists brings back painful memories.
There are two categories of journalists: palace journalists and mission journalists.
Palace journalists have safe and comfortable lives, since nobody wishes to interfere with them. They are hired by the authorities, whose policies they support. And therefore, their opinions have no impact on the public.
The second category of journalists comprises professionals with a sense of mission. They are committed to their vocation and the truth serves as their guiding post. These journalists realize how dangerous their paths are yet they persist.
In civilized countries, they are protected by law, but more often than not, civilization cannot offer enough protection for their lives. They are subjected to violence, they are tortured or murdered and sometimes higher authorities turn up to be behind their tragic deaths.
These days, almost simultaneously the media attention is caught by several high-profile cases of violence against journalists. One is that of 30-year-old Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, whose lifeless, brutalized body was found in a park near a river. Marinova was a director of a small TV station in the Bulgarian city of Ruse, near the Romanian border. Apparently she was investigating the misuse of the European Union funds in Bulgaria and was after some incriminating evidence when her life was cut short.