Monitor News Agency (162)

  • Production line for lies against Peevski

    Production line for lies against Peevski

    The Fake News Factory once again hit a writer’s block recently and thus found itself resorting to yet another fake news item about lawmaker and Telegraph Media publisher Delyan Peevski. In an article entitled “Commission for taking down the competition”, the Factory’s flagship – the weekly newspaper Capital owned by indicted publisher from the town of Razgrad Ivo Prokopiev – includes Peevski’s name without clear connection or reason.

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  • Journalism of fake news

    Journalism of fake news

    “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” George Orwell

    Journalism has always been a force in Bulgaria, but nowadays it has been tarnished by the ambition of a group of people to hold the rights to everything – civil society, democracy, and truth. Embittered by their own fear that they have “control” over these elements only through a web of pawns, these behind-the-scenes players are keen to grab a stranglehold of journalism as well. So that they can hold it captive in some basement, bound and gagged, and silence it as the public conscious is left with fake news only.

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  • Reporters without Borders in the oligarchy’s looking glass world

    Reporters without Borders in the oligarchy’s looking glass world

    On 18 April, Reporters without Borders (RSF), an organisation based in France, released its 2018 World Press Freedom Index where Bulgaria for the next year in a row ranks 111th out a total of 179 positions in the ranking. This ranking, however, for years has been criticised for obscure points of reference for countries‘selection and superficial propaganda used for the purpose. 

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  • Prokopiev’s libel machine whitewashes Lozan’s image in foreign media

    Prokopiev’s libel machine whitewashes Lozan’s image in foreign media

    Apart from the Bulgarian media, the indicted oligarch Ivo Prokopiev has pulled all of the strings he has abroad to whitewash the image of Lozan Panov, chair of the Supreme Court of Cassation. The reason for that are the disclosures made in the course of the so-called ApartmentGate. It transpired that the spouse of Lozan Panov, Elisaveta Panova is a record-breaker when it comes to buying cheap apartments.

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  • Lozan Panov and Boets team up against inconvenient media

    Lozan Panov and Boets team up against inconvenient media

    The infamous head of the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) Lozan Panov and the NGO Boets, which is controlled by the fugitive banker hiding from the Bulgarian judicial system Tsvetan Vassilev, recently teamed up publicly against the “inconvenient media”. The unpalatable scene unfolded at a conference held under the slogan “Independent court – free state. On the legal system and justice”. The event was co-organised by the NGO serving the political aspirations of Hristo Ivanov, failed former minister of justice and current leader of the political organisation Yes, Bulgaria.  

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  • Ivan Geshev reveals: BGN 5-6bn embezzled from CorpBank

    Ivan Geshev reveals: BGN 5-6bn embezzled from CorpBank

    “The damages caused in the CorpBank case amount to about BGN 3bn and I believe that between BGN 5bn and BGN 6bn have been embezzled, which is the equivalent of percentages of the country’s gross domestic product,” said Deputy Prosecutor General Ivan Geshev ahead of the latest hearing in the case against Tsvetan Vassilev and 17 other defendants for the engineered financial collapse of the lender.

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

    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.

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  • Capital circle’s tactic: Attack Peevski with clichés

    Capital circle’s tactic: Attack Peevski with clichés

    The talking points spread by indicted businessman and publisher Ivo Prokopiev are ironclad and impossible to escape from, especially when they take aim at the main enemy of the oligarchs in Bulgaria – Delyan Peevski. This has been proven yet again by the latest articles in Prokopiev’s publications, later cited by the entire pack of websites of the so-called Capital circle, which also includes other media outlets owned by indicted oligarchs.

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  • When truth matters

    When truth matters

    A week ago, the Supreme Court of Cassation (SCC) confirmed the placement of District Court of Radnevo judge Lyuba Petrova on a one-year probation period for fabricating an entire hearing and preparing a record of proceedings that never took place.

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