Fake news factory slanders Bulgaria abroad
13 May, 2017
The fake news factory owned by the so-called “lambs’ heads” oligarchic circle is said to have been boosted with a sizeable money transfer in the form of a grant provided by the America for Bulgaria foundation, which is affiliated with billionaire speculator George Soros. The factory allegedly received BGN 363,420 in 2016 to spread malicious reports about Bulgaria abroad. The financial injection went to the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria, linked to the Capital circle, ostensibly to help combat recurring violations of the Bulgaria Media Union’s Code of Conduct and pressure exerted on certain journalists and media outlets. In reality, however, the money is used to disseminate malicious reports about Bulgaria abroad and settle oligarchic accounts with authorities in the country.
In a recent confirmation to that statement, a member of the aforementioned NGO, Boryana Dzhambazova, a former employee of Mediapool and Capital, issued the latest slander against Bulgaria in the US press. In her article, Dzhambazova insinuates that restrictions are being placed upon the Bulgarian media. However, the author conveniently fails to mention that everyone in the country is free to create a website or publish a newspaper, a magazine or a book and that whether those products would enjoy popularity and readership is simply a matter of quality content. It should be mentioned that the address of the association, beneficiary of the grant aimed at feeding malicious reports against Bulgaria, coincides with the address where, according to the controversial ARGO shorthand records of November 2016, the infamous businessman Ivo Prokopiev and failed politicians Hristo Ivanov, Ahtoaneta Tsoneva, Radan Kanev and others engineered the political GMO known as Yes, Bulgaria.
The strategy devised to slander Bulgaria and its legitimately elected authorities through malicious reports in foreign media outlets is a well-utilised tool by another member of the “lambs’ heads” oligarchic circle – banker Tsvetan Vassilev, who fled to Serbia to avoid the wrath of Bulgaria’s justice system. As it turns out, he has recently resorted to a new tactic in a bid to avoid being prosecuted for the failure of CorpBank and burdening Bulgaria’s public budget with an emergency outlay of BGN 5bn. For the past several weeks, Bulgarian users of social media have been inundated with articles promoting an English language website for business news. The paid news items blatantly regurgitate the “talking points” that the banker’s lawyers are using to get him off the hook for his crimes, only translated in English.