Fake News Factory with schizophrenic stand on media bill
12 February, 2018
The Fake News Factory backpedalled from its initial stance on the proposed legislative changes intended to achieve transparency regarding the ownership and financing of all print and online media outlets in Bulgaria that were introduced to parliament by our publisher, lawmaker Delyan Peevski and his fellow Group of MRF members Yordan Tsonev, Hamid Hamid and Velislava Krasteva. One of the horns for the slandering machine, the website Club Z owned by Ognyan Donev who is on trial for tax evasion, came out with an unsigned policy-statement-of-sorts article in which it is trying to change the initial and outrageously absurd stance taken by it and other Factory outlets - that the amendments designed to guarantee transparency are actually an attempt at censorship. The new stance, however, is even more schizophrenic.
It now says that the changes are at once good and bad, the latter because they were proposed by Peevski. A sound, evidence-backed argument explaining what about the fact that Peevski introduced the changes makes them bad is not offered. But this is no surprise as such arguments do not exist. The lawmaker is enemy №1 of the Fake News Factory for one reason only - he is the author of the now approved amendments that will stem the Factory's inflow of funds from assets stolen in the secondary plunder of CorpBank. And now he has proposed amendments that would expose the media outlets used by the behind-the-scenes clique to manipulate Bulgarian society.
This is what Club Z is trying to prevent with an article that is essentially a panic move to label as non-transparent every media outlet besides its own self and the other members of the slandering machine created by the indicted oligarchs Ivo Prokopiev, Ognyan Donev and Tsvetan Vassilev and their crony Sasho Donchev. Just like the proverbial thief who pointed a finger at others to deflect suspicion, Donev's website lists a series of criteria supposed to serve as clues to identify the media outlets that do not observe journalistic standards and explains that they “serve the oligarchy, spread fake and hybrid news and make a cult of tabloid items even if they are fabricated.”What is absurd in this case is that the listed points perfectly describe Club Z. The website is owned by an individual who is charged with gross tax evasion, it spreads fake news, including in the abovementioned article, which for the umpteenth time insinuates a connection between Peevski and Bulgartabac and the deal involving the Boyana Diplomatic Club - all manipulations that are easily disproved with a visit to the country's official registers and have been disproved dozens of times already. Club Z also obviously runs unsubstantiated articles containing scandalous claims and false information.