Bulgaria is located in the southeast part of the Balkans. The country borders on the Black Sea, which attracts tourists all year round.
Bulgaria came under the Soviet sphere of influence after WWII, and became a People's Republic in 1946. Communist rule ended in 1990, and the country again held multiparty elections, moving toward a political democracy and market economy. The country joined NATO in 2004 and the EU in 2007.
There's been widespread condemnation of the rape and brutal murder of Bulgarian journalist Viktoria Marinova, the third reporter to be murdered in an EU country over the past year. Marinova had just started hosting a new current affairs show called Detector. As Nik Martin found out, there's some suspicion that her killing was linked to her journalism.
Journalist Viktoria Marinova's murder has shifted global attention to Bulgaria's ongoing corruption woes. While Western media have been quick to link her killing to her work, experts say more careful reporting is needed.