More than two hundred Bulgarian journalists gathered this Monday morning in front of the Palace of Justice in Sofia in solidarity with their colleague Boris Mitov. At the same time Mitov, a reporter in Mediapool.bg, was called upon for the second time by the Prosecutors Office with regards to an investigation on the Bulgarian Watergate (a well-grounded signal that there is a private eavesdropping team working at the Ministry of Interior, independent of law and institutions). He claims to have been threatened by the prosecutor in charge of the trial that if he does not reveal his sources of information for the investigative report, he will be held liable. Mitov, upon Friday’s invitation by the prosecutors, testified that he was in his right to hide the methodology of getting his sources and he had used declassified documents and on Monday re-affirmed that he has no copies of those documents, as they are also available in the Prosecutors Office archive.

Bulgarian journalısts protest

The journalists in front of the building were organised by the Media Development Center, the Bulgarian partner organisation in the European Initiative for Media Pluralism. They discussed with each other that the Prosecutors Office has no right to pressure journalists to reveal their sources and were shocked by the Chief Prosecutors Nikolay Kokinov’s reaction: he claimed that they are “paranoic”! However, attending journalists that stood up with their faces in the protests and their colleagues that feared to join in person (over 1000  had joined the Facebook) knew that a notorious media tycoon is a judicial investigator with the Prosecutors Office. Find the article on Delyan Peevski and his quick transformation within a day from a MP into a public investigator: https://mediainitiative.eu/2013/03/media-tycoon-in-bulgaria-jumps-from-the-parliament-straight-into-the-judiciary/.

Bulgarian journalısts protest

Rosen Dimov