Delyan Peevski - target of fake news campaigns
The propaganda machine has produced over 100 articles in less than a year
7 October, 2017
That “Delyan Peevski is behind everything that happens in Bulgaria” seems to be the main talking point used by the fake news factory comprised of the Capital media group and its satellite websites funded by oligarchs. The lawmaker, who is also our publisher, is the primary target of the propaganda machine aiming to influence public opinion. The media attacks on him became particularly vicious in the past year, after in early 2017 Telegraph, Monitor, Politika and the Monitor News Agency declared war on fake news and we began to uncover and disprove, on a daily basis, media fabrications that the paid men of Ivo Prokopiev and his oligarchic cronies are constantly spreading under the guise of journalistic articles. Over 100 materials containing fake news have been exposed by the Telegraph newspaper alone. Meanwhile, the Monitor News Agency started a special rubric dedicated to the problem, methodically controverting the intentionally misleading articles.
The media fabrications tirelessly being churned out by the fake news factory fall into several thematic categories.
The initial approach was to make up various business stakes of Peevski. Such was the case with the tender procedure for the construction of a section of the Hemus highway. Unsure as to which of the participating firms they should pin to Peevski, at one point the factory media outlets seemed to reach a delirious state, as they were spewing contradictory “findings” within hours of each other. Then Peevski’s name was dragged into the rehabilitation of the railway lines, the snow ploughing and removal business, the purchase of an electronics retail chain – all business ventures in which our publisher has been proven to have no stake.
The misfortunes of one particular behind-the-scenes circle in its bid to take control of the justice system were also explained away with Delyan Peevski. Every inconvenient magistrate or competition for a coveted position was quickly labelled “Peevski’s protegee”. When CorpBank was placed under the special supervision of the Bulgarian National Bank, a document was released, attesting to the fact that Delyan Peevski had no loans or deposits in the lender that was run to the ground by Vassilev. Moreover, his family has been diligent in its loan repayments and has no outstanding debt. It also does not own any assets subject to lawsuits stemming from the CorpBank insolvency. However, these facts did not stop the fake news factory from disseminating all sorts of preposterous accusations stirred up by Tsvetan Vassilev, the very person responsible for the lender’s collapse. In the secondary looting of the assets, especially the ongoing drama in the arms industry, the fake news reached its pinnacle – media outlets “sounded the alarm” that Peevski was allegedly taking Kalashnikov assault rifles to Africa and trying to sell them to terrorists.
The latest stage of the Goebbels-style propaganda war waged by Capital and its affiliates revolves around a talking point personally formulated by their owner Ivo Prokopiev – namely, that he and his oligarchic associates are businessmen with pro-western attitudes whom the evil authorities in Bulgaria oppress at the orders of Russia. Naturally, on the pages of the media outlets controlled by the powers in shadow, Peevski was suddenly painted as a Russian spy, who even paid for the Russian band Lubeh’s concerts in Bulgaria, as part of the hybrid warfare he is conducting. The case under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which Tsvetan Vassilev initiated with the sole purpose of raising even more propaganda noise, also takes aim at Peevski.
The shadowy powers in Bulgaria have been exposed by the outlets comprising the media group published by Delyan Peevski. At the bottom of it is former Prime Minister Ivan Kostov, who has created a parallel state. The public assets plundered during the privatisation process so criminally conducted by Kostov are now in the hands of a group of oligarchs. Ivo Prokopiev, Tsvetan Vassilev, Ognyan Donev, Grisha Ganchev and Sasho Donchev all owe their rise to Ivan Kostov. They fund political organisations such as DSB; Yes, Bulgaria; Movement 21, etc., which protect their interests. They pay NGOs and independent experts to reinforce their talking points. But the main instrument for public opinion manipulation remains the fake news factory, made up of Capital and Dnevnik (owned by Ivo Prokopiev); Ognyan Donev’s Club Z; Mediapool, led by Ivan Kostov’s former spokesperson Stoyana Georgieva; Frognews and the BIT channel funded by Tsvetan Vassilev, and Bivol, backed by Atanas Chobanov, who is investigated abroad for libel. All these channels for public opinion manipulation have one main target – Delyan Peevski. But they also share a problem – the funds their shadowy masters funnel into them have been embezzled from the Bulgarian state. We will not give up and will continue to uncover the schemes that have defrauded Bulgarian citizens of these funds.