Prokopiev’s mouthpieces put down their masks

They insisted on vetoing the Peeevski media act after it was promulgated

The amendments to the Media Act aimed at ensuring full transparency of all media financing sources voted in Parliament provoked an outcry among the Bulgarian oligarchy and its public spokespersons. This time, however, their vehement reaction helped tear the masks off those who only pretend to be journalists and showed their true nature of mouthpieces transmitting the talking points of their behind-the-scene mentors.

The new attack came from the Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria (AEJ – Bulgaria), which insisted that President Rumen Radev should veto the amendments to the Act proposed by lawmaker and our publisher Delyan Peevski and his colleagues from the Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) Yordan Tsonev, Hamid Hamid and Velislava Krasteva. The move, though, has bounced off and ironically struck the Association itself, which by the way is comprised of journalists who cooperate with the media outlets financed by the Bulgarian oligarchs, namely the Capital and Dnevnik dailies of the Economedia group owned by criminal defendant Ivo Prokopiev, Club Z of another defendant, Ognyan Donev and Sega daily of ‘gas baron’ Sasho Donchev. On the one hand, the appeal for veto from AEJ – Bulgaria was aimed against the act that was not only approved by the parliament but was already promulgated in the State Gazette. On the other hand, this appeal demonstrated their extreme impudence as the amendments were voted after extensive debates in parliament and a round table in which reps of the AEJ – Bulgaria also took part.

During those roundtable discussions the Association members backed the amendments along with the rest of the participants in the discussions. And one of the movers of the amendments, Yordan Tsonev, explained that all proposals by the Association as well as those by Economedia were taken into account.

Thus, the appeal for veto by AEJ – Bulgaria has actually exposed the Association and clearly demonstrated that their aim is not to revamp the media environment in Bulgaria but to attend to the orders of Prokopiev&Co. The Association has turned against the Media Act because it would bring to light not only media owners but also shed light on the financing sources of all media outlets, online editions including. It will show who and how is financing the semi-anonymous websites that pollute the internet environment and poison the community with fake news. The reason why Bulgaria ranks so low in the charts for freedom of speech is exactly this pollution of media environment under the baton of the Fake News Factory curated by the oligarchy and manipulations they practice via their foreign partners. What these cogs in behind-the-scene clique’s lying machine and their masters fear most is that their shady finances will be exposed.

The reason is simple and apparent – the new act will show who the people are that commission fake news behind the scenes in order to manipulate the community and how their media outlets are financed on totally non-market principles. Ironically, the curtain over this non-market financing was lifted in the course of an inquiry made public by AEJ – Bulgaria. Its results have clearly shown that the Economedia media outlets of Prokopiev are financed on non-market principle and annually they lose BGN 4,5m in revenues which this media company receives from unknown sources. So, AEJ- Bulgaria actually inflicted damage to their mentor and the media act will show where the abovementioned money comes from and will expose many other dependencies.

Right now we can identify one of the many cash flows towards the known and unknown websites which claim that they are sustained by donations only – these are the anonymous sponsorships from sources concealed thanks to the use of PayPal online payments system. The first person who used PayPal system for collecting donations was the failed minister of justice Hristo Ivanov. He would ask people for money via the internet to help his party Yes, Bulgaria enter the parliament. First, he did not succeed and had to look at the parliament from the outside only. And second, it has never transpired how much money he managed to raise and how was it spent.





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