WEEKLY DIGEST: Week of fake news and fake reports

Delyan Peevski

Eh, is there any other journalist association that, on the one hand, is fighting for the freedom of speech and transparent media but, on the other – is using fake news and still faker information sources? Naturally, we are talking about the Reporters without Borders (RSF), their favourite World Press Freedom Index and their good friends from Economedia sustained by the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev.

. In an attempt to lend a hand to their buddy whose BGN 200m-worth property is arrested and who faces two other lawsuits for financial frauds, the RSF did not feel ashamed of releasing the next in a row libelous report on Bulgaria which quotes two open fakes: one about journalist Victoria Marinova brutally murdered by a drunken and drugged Romani man and another about the sworn enemy of the behind-the-scenes clique in Bulgaria, the MP of the opposition party Movement for Rights and Freedoms and publisher of Telegraph Media, Delyan Peevski.

And if Peevski is the eternal foe who for years has been a target of the pen pushers of the oligarchic media spewing lies to paint him blacker than the devil in order to stop his attempts to bring to light the media environment in this country along with the shady affairs of the backstage power brokers, then the case of Victoria Marinova is even more nefarious. 

Simply because Victoria herself can no longer defend her reputation and thus her case becomes an ideal opportunity for various marginal websites connected with the pro-Kremlin propaganda (such as bivol.bg) to pound their chest trying to prove that they are the true champions of democracy. Which serves as an ideal shield for the RSF in spreading fake news about Victoria Marinova and marring the image of Bulgaria (See here).          

And, as regards Peevski, we have to note one very important detail – in the RSF report the Media Act introduced by him and already effected it is not mentioned, as its aim is to bring to light the dirty connections in the Bulgarian journalism. It is not clear why, because this normative act was supported even by the sworn enemies of Peevski and the act itself is the one of a kind legislative initiative ever launched in Bulgaria.

However, transparency is not important to this organization. Exactly the RSF report crowned the week full of fakes springing from all media outlets of the oligarchic Fake News Factory to whose benefit actually works the artificially marred reputation of our country. By tradition, the tone was set by the flagship of the Fake News Factory, Capital, which has spread the lie about Peevski’s ties with longtime boss of the Botev FC-Plovdiv whom the MP allegedly planned to use to purchase the Slantchev Den (Sunny Day) Black Sea resort (See here). It went on with curbing freedom of speech on the part of two organisations connected, respectively, with the fugitive banker Tsvetan Vassilev (BOETS) and Yes, Bulgaria (Justice for Everybody) , the party knocked out from the political life of Bulgaria whose star was Chief of the Supreme Court of Cassation Lozan Panov (See here). It continued with the shameless whitewashing of Panov’s image with the help of lies spread in the foreign media (See here). 

Former top FBI agent: The Bureau does not conduct investigations in foreign countries

“The United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation does not conduct on-the-ground investigations in foreign countries, except in cases of terrorist attacks involving Americans. FBI agents do liaise – or consult with – foreign law enforcement agencies on criminal matters of mutual interest. But in noncriminal lawsuits like the ones discussed recently in the Bulgarian media, the FBI would not be involved,” said Managing Director of BGR Government Affairs Tom Locke, who is a former executive with the FBI (See here).

GERB unveils platform for European elections

The GERB Party presented its platform for the May 26 European Parliament elections at a meeting at Sofia's National Palace of Culture on Sunday. The party's MEP candidates highlighted the sectoral policies in the platform. Top-of-the list candidate Mariya Gabriel: GERB will be working for the implementation of the 9,200 million euro Digital Europe Programme. Gabriel prioritizes an intensified fight against disinformation, the inclusion of media literacy in curricula, digital infrastructure and investments in it, better connectivity of the Western Balkans, and Bulgaria establishing itself as a digitalization leader (See here).

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