The influential New York-based international organization for the protection of freedom of press, CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), issued an official statement in support of the Bulgarian online media for investigative journalism Bivol.bg on the occasion the massive attack launched against our team a month and a half ago. The opinion of CPJ can be seen on the official website of the organization here, while the Bulgarian version is here.
Bivol and its journalists have become the target of following, intrusion in personal space, massive smear campaign and threats from structures associated with the government and the rule of the country.
The only reason for this staged and financed campaign against Bivol that is taking place under a sinister Stalinist scenario is the investigations and publications of the site which have no analogue in Bulgarian media – the purposeful draining of Bulgarian banks and the illegal plundering of billions of euro from the budget, the shady privatization of Bulgartabac and other emblematic large Bulgarian economic entities, the abuse of national resources and illegal destruction of Bulgarian nature, major fraud and theft of EU funds by Bulgarian organized criminal groups associated with one of the big banks and the publication of recordings of conversations between Bulgarian magistrates, revealing sinister dependencies and corruption in our judicial system, among others.
Our work and our portfolio, as well as the significant and undeniable international prestige of Bivol make our media extremely inconvenient for the backstage rule of Bulgaria, symbolized by the Model #WHO – a byword for the authoritarian oligarchic-mafia regime in the country.
In this disgraceful massive campaign, Bivol has been already supported by the international organization Reporters without Borders (RSF), the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) and the Bulgarian journalistic organization Network for Free Speech. https://bivol.bg/rsf-bivol-support.html
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