Peevski targeted by the Fake News Factory again
A new serving of 'European' lies against the MRF lawmaker is being prepared
19 January, 2018
After realising that no one in Bulgaria buys their fake news items against our publisher, lawmaker Delyan Peevski, the trio of oligarchs and experienced manipulators Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev has activated its connections across Europe in the past several months. The journalists working for the media “battering rams” Capital, Dnevnik, Mediapool, Club Z and Sega have been instructed to search hard for opportunities to channel their lies through foreign publications. The idea is for those allegations to then be presented in Bulgaria as the respective European media outlet's position.
The leading role in the hitherto employed scheme was played by Reporters without Borders, an organisation funded by George Soros's Open Society Foundation, which also pays Prokopiev's people in Bulgaria; the Bulgarian desk of Deutsche Welle, which has among its contributors Ivan Bedrov and Tatiana Vaksberg who are also writers for Ognyan Donev's Club Z and the media racketeers of Bivol - Asen Yordanov and Atanas Chobanov.
The misinformation that Peevski owns two TV channels and controls 80% of the newspaper distribution network in Bulgaria, and that his publications receive EU funding - all of which has resulted in a distorted media market reflected in the country's 109th, 113th and similarly low positions in press freedom rankings - is planted as a talking point in the relevant Reporters without Borders report, which is normally based on Bivol's Atanas Chobanov's lies, or some round table where the speakers were journalists from Capital. Naturally, the authors of the manipulations do not offer evidence for the simple reason that such does not exist, but what is more important is that by being published in foreign media outlets like Kurier, Wiener Zeitung, Tageszeitung, RFI and others, the fake news items are given credibility and are then cited and copy-pasted by the media outlets of Prokopiev, Donev and Donchev.
Another talking point is the continuous mantra about a Peevski connection with Bulgartabac, smuggling of cigarettes in Turkey and all sorts of other lies disseminated mainly by Atanas Chobanov, who has been charged with libel in France, Tsvetan Vassilev's puppet journalist Miroslav Ivanov and the scribblers of Ivo Prokopiev's Capital. Their supposedly freelance friends, working for some or other of the thousands online media outlets in Europe, readily concoct the necessary article on that topic, in exchange for handsome pay of course, and try to push it on the internet. The goal is for the “news item” to be then covered in Bulgaria, labelled as “European”.
The recent CIAF decision to place under distraint BGN 200m worth of Prokopiev's property as illegally acquired, and the case against Ognyan Donev who has been charged with evading BGN 63m in taxes, obviously have thrown the country's behind-the-scenes clique in a state of panic. After the White Paper on Media Freedom in Bulgaria they promoted last week, a work rife with lies about Peevski, apparently the time has come for another serving of “international” fake news items. To that end, Prokopiev's people pressed the familiar European help button, but this time the level seems to have considerably dropped.
On the stage appear two new freelance photojournalists - Marie-Alex Detrier from Marseille and Zach Campbell, the latter claims to be American but lives in Barcelona. Both have been instructed to produce the latest “investigations” in the coming days, following the established recipe of no evidence and plenty of opinions of Prokopiev, Bulgarian NGOs funded by George Soros, and proxies of the behind-the-scenes clique. The topics are familiar - Delyan Peevski, freedom of speech, Bulgartabac, contraband, corruption, justice system reform, CIAF's distraints on Prokopiev's property. The articles will then be marketed to some online media outlet in France or on the other side of the Atlantic.
If they manage to do so, we will soon see these “grand revelations” find their way to the pages of Capital, Dnevnik, Mediapool, Club Z, Transmedia and Sega. Prokopiev's mouthpieces in the political party Yes, Bulgaria will probably come up with their latest statement about how “reputable” publications in Europe and across the world are exposing corruption in Bulgaria, while the Prosecutor's Office is standing idly. And so the mechanisms of the Fake News Factory will be put to work again, and the complaints of Prokopiev, Donev and Donchev will be recycled using the European media.
However, it is high time that the oligarchs and their mentor, former PM Ivan Kostov thought about the fact that despite the tens and hundreds of millions of levs they are pouring into political projects, NGOs, TV channels and media “battering rams”, the Bulgarian voters rejected them at the last general elections. Because lies and manipulations may sway a few voters, but society as а whole will never trust them to govern the country, as is their end goal.
This is why we have democracy - so people can punish the oligarchs' constant disruptive influence, their smear campaign against Bulgaria, their attempts to gain control over the justice system and their mission to erode the national values and identity.