The last train of Capital and Peevski

Steam train puffs and whistles past the fields and whitewashed houses …

That was a refrain of a children’s song accompanying a game in which kids made a line imitating a passenger train. In a similar manner, just like kids, the fosterlings of oligarch Ivo Prokopiev lined up on imaginary rails of corruption to puff out the next in a row editorial review released in the latest issue of the Capital weekly.

In some ideal world their employer would have long paid off all of his privatisation benefits along with debts and sweat it out in jail. But here and now the oligarch managed to catch the last train. And this makes the theme even more important. Because the community desperately hoped that the oligarchy, conceived owing to collective efforts and born in the tumultuous years of the nascent democracy, will undergo punishment one day. However, this has never happened.

So, just like in a kids’ game, the journalists of Prokopiev are bucking along with the train although their editorial was doomed to failure after they decided to make use of a fake which their buddies from the Frognews team of the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev, willing to oblige, share with them on the internet almost every day. The fake came like some brat’s slingshot amidst the debates on a very important topic about the railways transport in Bulgaria. Once again it links the former Vodostroy 98 Company with lawmaker and publisher of Telegraph Media Delyan Peevski.

The journalist who undersigned the article follows the instructions and stitches the name of Peevski on it: “Vodostroy 98, which earlier was linked with MP of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms Delyan Peevski and then purchased by Hydrostroy of GP Group.” And how was it linked, may we ask? There is no such link and there has never been.   

This, however, does not impede journalist who don’t bother to check out facts when writing from making use of this talking point. If something was once “linked” with Peevski (because such were the orders from above) this becomes a fake for multiple use. More than that, whenever we, journalists of Telegraph, Monitor and Politika, report some irregularities related to the abovementioned Vodostroy 98 they start attacking us from the other point, i.e. why do we target the company which is connected with us?

Just for the record of the paid pen pushers: reporting facts has to do with professionalism, it is not an attack. Thus, dear colleagues of Capital, when we report the facts to describe how your employer has mysteriously gained fortune, this is not an attack. Variations on a theme, like “they say”, “according to well-informed sources” or “are connected” are the appanages of the Fake News Factory. And, as we all know, you manage to use them to perfection. The problem with catching the last train is that you are running on rails which lead to nowhere and this track ends in the middle of nowhere.

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