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Journalists killed in Bulgaria since 1992

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Bulgarian journalist bludgeoned

February 2, 2016 6:01 PM ET

Stoyan Tonchev, owner of the local news website Zad Kulisite (Behind the Scenes), was leaving a friend's apartment in the Bulgarian Black Sea resort town of Pomorie at around 11 p.m. on January 14, 2015, when at least one man brutally beat him with a blunt object, according to local...

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CPJ calls on Bulgaria's prime minister to ensure safety of Bivol journalists

November 16, 2015 3:21 PM ET

Dear Prime Minister Borissov: The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international press freedom organization, is writing to alert you to the harassment of journalists at the independent news website Bivol. In recent weeks a reporter has been followed and his home was broken into, and the website's journalists have been warned they are at risk of retaliation for their reporting.

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Attacks on the Press in 2011: Europe, a Leader That Lags

February 21, 2012 11:22 PM ET

In the EU, some countries appear more immune than others to scrutiny and reproach. Anti-terror laws, political and economic concerns, and a lack of common standards all challenge the credibility of the EU's diplomacy. By Jean-Paul Marthoz...

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Television journalist's car explodes in Bulgaria

October 14, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, October 14, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Thursday's attack on Sasho Dikov, a Bulgarian journalist with private national television channel Kanal 3, and calls on investigators to apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators....

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Israeli forces detain journalists aboard humanitarian flotilla

June 1, 2010 5:55 PM ET

New York, June 1, 2010--Israel should immediately release the journalists it detained along with hundreds of peace activists on Monday after Israeli forces stormed a convoy of ships carrying humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. According to international news reports and CPJ interviews, Israeli...

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Chronicler of Bulgarian criminal underworld is slain

January 5, 2010 4:25 PM ET

New York, January 5, 2010—Bulgarian prosecutors must thoroughly investigate today’s murder in Sofia of Bobi Tsankov, author of a new book and a series of newspaper articles detailing the activities of reputed crime figures, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. At least two gunmen opened fire on Tsankov, 30, and...

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Attacks on the Press in 2008: Europe and Central Asia Developments

February 10, 2009 12:35 AM ET

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Web site editor beaten with hammers in Sofia

September 23, 2008 9:34 PM ET

New York, September 23, 2008--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Monday's brutal attack on Ognian Stefanov, editor of the investigative news Web site Frognews, in Bulgaria. The editor and his family had recently received anonymous phone calls warning Stefanov to stop his journalism or face consequences, Stefanov's deputy, Aleksandar Ivanov,...

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Crime writer shot and killed in Sofia

April 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns yesterday’s murder of popular writer Georgi Stoev, author of a series of books on the origins and rise of Bulgaria’s criminal underworld since the fall of communism in 1989. Stoev, 35, was on a busy street when two unidentified...

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Attacks on the Press 2007: Europe and Central Asia Snapshots

February 5, 2008 11:24 AM ET

Attacks and developments throughout the region...

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