Bulgarian Journalist Asks why the Media is Silent on Prime Minister's Conviction of False Accusations

The Bulgarian journalist Ivan Bakalov used his social media profile to ask his fellow journalists why nobody has covered one of the most important news stories, namely that the Prime Minister - Boyko Borisov got sued for falsely accusing the reporter Elena Yoncheva of using millions of leva (the Bulgarian national currency) given to her by the state of Bulgaria to conduct her interviews, films, and reports from abroad.

On May 17th, 2018 the regional court in Sofia spoke on the trial № 18039/2017.

The court decided that the Prime Minister is to pay 5000BGN (€2500) to Yoncheva for falsely accusing her of using the state's money. Yoncheva's initial request was for 20,000 BGN in reparations but the court ruled out that 5000 would be enough. 

Bakalov pointed out that the Prime Minister had promised to prove in court that Yoncheva has indeed used millions from Bulgaria's budget.

Allegedly Borisov was supposed to show up with witnesses and documents proving Yoncheva's guilt. However, none of this happened and the renowned journalist and current MP - Yoncheva managed to get justice.

Bakalov's rant went on - he was very critical of the fact that big TV networks, including the Bulgarian National Television, and big newspapers all remained silent after the trial's end. The journalist did not miss the opportunity to take a jab at those who claim that Bulgaria's freedom of press index is overexaggerated.  

Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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