WEEKLY DIGEST: Anti-Peevski fakes: If not Bulgartabac it will be CorpBankEuropost , Sofia
It is common knowledge that repetition is the mother of learning. According to Goebbels, repetition is the mother of propaganda. As regards the oligarchic media in Bulgaria, repetition is not just propaganda. It means lies stored in archives of files whose content are the talking points which are taken out of mothballs every time when the previous one becomes too worn-out.
In the file containing the talking points sent down by the indicted “publishers” who set up the manipulation factory in Bulgaria there are four sustainable false theses used against the sworn enemy of the Bulgarian oligarchs, lawmaker and publisher of Telegraph Media Delyan Peevski. Some impute to him the non-existent ties with Bulgartabac refuted so many times in all kinds of Bulagaria’s registers and disproved by multiple other facts. Others tug his name to any official appointment in this country. Again without any grounds and touch with reality. And, when these two talking points are exhausted, the CorpBank theme takes their place.
Thus, after in the last week of March the media of the Fake News Factory of the Capital circle and its satellite media outlets, Frognews, Bivol and other editions with dubious financing tugged the name of Peevski to any official appointment in Bulgaria (expectedly, Peevski will soon be involved in the personnel policy even when it comes to the appointment of janitors in public administration) they started this week with the warmed-up CorpBank talking point. At that, dated 1 April, the emblematic All Fools Day.
All jokes aside, the Bulgarian section of Radio Free Europe could hardly find a more opportune day than the All Fools Day to join in the propaganda choir censuring Peevski and release an article titled The “invisible” CorpBank loan for the media of Peevski (See here). The so-called “article” is actually a digest of all fakes published within the recent years in a bid to impute to Peevski and his media the CorpBank collapse. This is a talking point which expires sooner than a punctured balloon because of several simple facts. Peevski has never sat on any managing or supervisory boards of the Bank, has never brought any lawsuits concerning the CorpBank assets and his family has duly paid off all loans taken from CorpBank which is confirmed by documents. And these documents have been made public not once or twice. To say nothing of the fact that the MP himself is among the movers of the amendments to the Bank Insolvency Act which forestalled the secondary looting of CorpBank and enabled the bankruptcy administrators to restore the already plundered money and replenish the insolvency mass of the Bank. However, it is exactly these amendments that became one of the major reasons why Peevski is the key target of the media financed by Tsvetan Vassilev, indicted for syphoning off CorpBank and his henchmen, indicted “publishers” Ivo Prokopiev and Ognyan Donev, as well as the natural gas lord Sasho Donchev.
So, after on 1 April the Bulgarian section of Radio Free Europe, whose personnel pool has been selected among the employees of the media outlets connected with Prokopiev and Donev, launched a new panoply of CorpBank fakes against Peevski, this talking point was copy-pasted by other Fake News Factory outlets within several days. First, by Mediapool sustained by Stoyana Georgieva, ex-spokesperson of Ivan Kostov, and the next day by Frognews of Ognyan Stefanov, the State Security Agent Academician who was exposed by the key witness for the prosecution on CorpBank case Biser Lazarov as a private battering ram of Tsvetan Vassilev (See here). And, to draw a line under this chain of fake news, on Wednesday, not anyone else but Vassilev himself joined in the choir with an interview given to his favourite “court journalist” TV anchor Lyuba Kulezich (See here).
Chief Prosecutor orders more probes over Apartmentgate
Bulgaria’s Chief Prosecutor Sotir Tsatsarov ordered to the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office of Cassation (SPOC) to launch a probe after publications in the media concerning real property purchased by Plamen Georgiev, chairman of the Anti-Corruption and Illegal Assets Forfeiture Commission (ACCIAF), son of Borislav Sarafov, Director of the National Enforcement Investigation Agency (NEIA) and wife of Supreme Court of Cassation chairman Lozan Panov, the State Prosecutor’s Office reported (See here).
German President Steinmeier pays official visit to Bulgaria
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev Thursday met with his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, who is making an official two-day visit to Bulgaria. Speaking at a joint news conference after the meeting, Radev said the two had discussed the prospects for a strategic German investment in Bulgaria (See here).