Peevski: The public must know who is who in media market and how media outlets are funded
Everyone should be equipped to judge for themselves the credibility and neutrality of the reports
9 February, 2018
Together with my colleagues Yordan Tsonev, Hamid Hamid and Velislava Krasteva, we introduced to the National Assembly a bill that will help stop the speculations made by a certain group of media outlets, funded primarily by indicted individuals or with foreign grants, that the media environment in Bulgaria is not transparent. This was noted by lawmaker Delyan Peevski in a statement to the media. Below is the full statement:
Dear Ladies and Sirs, today (editor's note - 6 February), together with my colleagues Yordan Tsonev, Hamid Hamid and Velislava Krasteva, we introduced to the National Assembly a bill amending and supplementing the Mandatory Deposition of Print and Other Works Act. The introduced bill is designed to fulfil the public's expectation for a media environment which is as transparent as possible, providing for a mandatory disclosure of true ownership and non-market funding of all publications and electronic media outlets, including the online media outlets whose role in keeping society well-informed is constantly growing. The bill will also stop speculations made by a certain group of media outlets, funded primarily by indicted individuals or with foreign grants, that the media environment in Bulgaria is not transparent, and there is no clarity on media ownership.
That same group of media outlets has been generating fake news about me and my publishing business for over a decade with the sole purpose of manipulating the public opinion through the constant regurgitation of falsehoods.
Despite the negative image of me that has been carefully portrayed over the years, my stance has always been consistent and clear - to expose manipulations and lies by revealing the whole truth about their authors and the ties and dependencies that they have. The truth about the participants in the criminal privatisation process that defrauded the nation of its capital, the truth about the plundering of assets acquired with CorpBank depositors' money, the truth about the puppeteers of Bulgaria's transition to democracy, who have a stranglehold on the state through economic dependencies and media manipulations, and who for years had monopolised the role of society's mentor and used that position to purposefully deceive the Bulgarian people. It is this stance that lies in the heart of the introduced bill.
The public must know who is who in the media market, and how the media outlets are funded. Everyone should be equipped to judge for themselves the credibility and neutrality of the reports and opinions published by media outlets thanks to tools like transparent ownership and proof of operations based on market economy principles. It is unacceptable that some media outlets proclaim themselves to be “independent” these days and yet hide their real owners or are funded through non-market channels, therefore serving the interests of their Bulgarian or foreign benefactors. The people who consume the media product should be aware of this information and the entities on the media market owe them as much.