Factory face to combat fake news
AEJ chairperson is protecting only the interests of the behind-the-scenes clique
1 December, 2017
One of the faces of the Bulgarian oligarchy’s factory for media manipulations has been officially tasked with combating the phenomenon of fake news.
Journalist Irina Nedeva, chairperson of the Bulgarian affiliate of the Association of European Journalists, was recently appointed as coordinator of the international organisation’s efforts on “countering fake news and propaganda”.
The irony in this is that Nedeva has ties with political and economic circles in Bulgaria that constantly manipulate society through the very instruments of propaganda, such as the Capital media group owned by oligarch Ivo Prokopiev. A look at the public registers reveals that the journalist is partners with Prokopiev in the non-governmental organisation BCause Foundation. She is also listed as a member of the team of lecturers at the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, another one of the Soros-funded organisations regularly promoting the interests of Bulgaria’s behind-the-scenes clique. The Red House is a project of the Gulliver Clearing House Foundation, co-founded by one of the owners of the website Mediapool, which is closely affiliated with Prokopiev.
The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) was established with the help of the Capital circle to look after the interests of the employees of Prokopiev’s media outlets and push his talking points to the forefront of the collective consciousness.
The latest evidence of its mission was the fake news item disseminated by the Capital circle, picked up by the German leftist publication Tageszeitung, which has a small circulation. During her internship in Capital the article’s author wrote a text rife with false allegations relying on statements by convenient, Soros-funded sources, including Nedeva. It is the chairperson of AEJ who originally claimed that our publisher, MP Delyan Peevski, owns “two TV channels and six newspapers and practically controls 80% of the print media market.” The actual number of newspapers in Peevski’s media group and that he does not own a TV channel are facts that can be easily verified, as is the market share of our publications. While presenting herself as a protector of the journalistic guild and preparing to combat fake news across Europe, Nedeva is becoming a source of fake news herself.
A review of the AEJ-Bulgaria’s track record shows that the association is publicly protecting only Capital, Dnevnik, Mediapool, Club Z and Bivol, whenever someone dares to threaten their interests. Some 70% of the members of the organisation’s managing board are working or have worked at some point for Capital or Dnevnik. The second largest group consists of public relations experts connected to The Greens political party and the Swiss offshore NGO WWF.