Delyan Peevski: The oligarchy's time is running out
12 January, 2018
Our publisher, lawmaker Delyan Peevski, has come forward with a statement to the media:
“Today, the behind-the-scenes clique came out to willingly unmask itself in order to present its latest work of slander entitled White Paper on Media Freedom in Bulgaria. Those, who for years pretended to have a claim on truth and lectured society in order to hide their true nature, who arrogantly see themselves as the nation's “elite”, gathered in a luxury hotel to “complain” before European representatives about the fact that opinions different than theirs are being voiced now in Bulgaria, that there are media outlets exposing them. Yes, there are. I am glad that the newspapers I own, Telegraph and Monitor, told the people about the oligarchs Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev and Sasho Donchev, but most of all I am glad of the fact that our work is starting to bear fruit - these people, who plundered our country, are already under intense scrutiny, and that is causing them to be extremely frustrated. I will not be intimidated by their pitiful gatherings, relentless smear campaigns and unfounded allegations.
Because I am not the oligarch here, I am not the one who bought the state-owned Kaolin and Sopharma for cents on the dollar, who owns solar farms that produce expensive power, or gas transmission networks, unethically profiting from the fees regular people pay, who uses pension funds' financial resources for personal financing, who sells unjustifiably expensive drugs or evades taxes, and I surely have not filed lawsuits against my own country nor slandered it in Brussels and across the Atlantic. I, dear oligarchs Prokopiev, Donev and Donchev, own only media outlets with which to unmask people like you, and I will continue to do so because I believe in truth, in one's right to express their opinion freely, I believe in Bulgaria's future and I am not part of the so-called transition-to-democracy clique, which plundered our country and to which you belong.
I see you gathered together - Prokopiev, Donev and Donchev, the Bulgarian oligarchs who privatised the country's economy, usurped the national TV networks and the justice system, created political projects (such as DSB and Yes, Bulgaria) and networks of dependent NGOs whose mission is to generate public pressure. I see you stepping out of your luxury limousines, standing in the five-star Sofia Balkan Hotel, explaining to your paid and obedient journalists and grants dependent individuals how the media landscape should “look”, when until recently there was no other media outlet or viewpoint, besides yours. I see you, and what comes to mind is an association with The Godfather movie mobsters gathered at a family function. The only thing missing in this picture is your creator Ivan Kostov, capo di tutti capi. No matter how romanticised The Godfather story is, times have changed and the time of your kind is running out.”