Peevski's name attached to Bulgartabac by Prokopiev's media again
The Factory continues to meet its quota of three fake news items per day
5 January, 2018
The media outlets of oligarch Ivo Prokopiev's Capital group have contrived yet another desperate attempt at slandering our publisher, lawmaker Delyan Peevski. An article in the now well familiar style of the Fake News Factory appeared in two consecutive days, first on Capital's website and then on that of Dnevnik.
In a piece entitled “Company Affiliated with Peevski Earns BGN 30m from Bulgartabac Share Deals”, the websites owned by the indicted oligarch once again involved Peevski's name, claiming that he is connected to the tobacco holding. As we have written on multiple occasions, Peevski sold his minority stake in Bulgartabac back in 2016, explaining his decision as a necessary move to stop the speculations and the deliberate effort to discredit the company by using his name for false insinuations. In the lengthy article, under the pretence of being extremely concerned about Bulgartabac's workers, Capital and Dnevnik allege that the company undertook massive layoffs. At the same time, there was no mention of the fact that just weeks ago the workers took to the streets to defend the company's reputation and disprove the claims of Hristo Ivanov, a minion of the oligarchy and a failed former minister of justice, that Bulgartabac was involved in smuggling. The holding's employees were adamant that none other than oligarch Ivo Prokopiev is behind the media attacks and the smear campaign conducted by Hristo Ivanov, who is nothing but a henchman of the Capital group. It is no coincidence that the protesting workers gathered outside Capital's editorial office, as the media outlet was among the main sources of these false allegations.
Moreover, the article describes, without supporting this with any evidence, a connection between our publisher and the firm TI Holding Fze. According to the piece, it bought and sold (Bulgartabac) shares earning a profit of BGN 30m. Peevski's only connection with this whole story is that in 2016 he sold his shares to that firm, from whence on he has not had anything to do with the holding company. This was confirmed by the company management's official stance during the protests, in which it was clearly stated that there are no lawmakers or politicians among Bulgartabac Holding's shareholders.
Unsurprisingly, the output of fake news items targeting Peevski continued until it reached its daily quota of at least three materials. Demonstrating the synchronisation characteristic of the Fake News Factory members, Mediapool and Club Z copy-pasted a Facebook status published on Hristo Ivanov's page regarding the anti-corruption legislation. Ivanov is the leader of a marginalised party and so the public resonance of his opinions is very low. However, as a mouthpiece for the talking points formulated by his master puppeteer Ivo Prokopiev, the failed politician has no choice but to criticise the Commission for Illegal Assets Forfeiture, a thorn in the oligarch's side, and naturally he involved our publisher's name in that story too with no reason whatsoever.