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Bulgarian reporter Hristo Geshov says he was briefly abducted; news outlets attack him

June 3, 2019 10:40 AM ET

The Bulgarian freelance investigative journalist Hristo Geshov said he received threats and at least two news outlets published articles attacking him and shared explicit videos and photos of him after he reported on an allegedly illegal water supply and sewage system at the Chiflika resort complex in Troyan, central...

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Bulgaria's press navigate harassment, threats in pursuit of stories

May 6, 2019 6:00 PM ET

In October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a host for TVN, was raped and murdered near the station's studios. When CPJ's Europe correspondent, Attila Mong, spoke with her colleagues and other journalists during a trip to Bulgaria last month, they said that while they don't believe the attack is linked to...

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Journalists injured by police during protest in Bulgaria

April 17, 2019 3:27 PM ET

On April 12, 2019, at least two journalists were injured while covering clashes between police and protesters in Gabrovo, a town in central Bulgaria, according to local media reports....

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Bulgarian TV host Viktoria Marinova raped and killed

October 7, 2018 1:00 PM ET

Berlin, October 7, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Bulgarian authorities to conduct a rigorous, thorough investigation into the killing of Viktoria Marinova, presenter and administrative director for local television channel TVN. Marinova, 30, was found dead yesterday in the Bulgarian town of Ruse, 300 km (185...

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Bulgarian police detain two investigative reporters

September 14, 2018 2:05 PM ET

Bulgarian police on September 13, 2018 detained Attila Biro, editor of the Romanian investigative site Rise Project, and Dimitar Stoyanov, from Bivol, a Bulgarian investigative news website, according to reports. The investigative journalists were detained near Radomir, a town about 35 km west of the capital, Sofia, Bivol reported....

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Investigative reporter attacked in Bulgaria

May 14, 2018 5:19 PM ET

Berlin, May 14, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Bulgarian authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into an attack on investigative journalist Hristo Geshov, who was beaten on May 10 outside his home in the northwestern town of Cherven Bryag, and guarantee his safety....

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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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Balancing Act

September 29, 2015 4:00 AM ET

Press freedom at risk as EU struggles to match action with values The European Union strives to be a global leader in press freedom but faces challenges from member states that have criminal defamation and blasphemy laws, and have introduced counterterrorism measures, including mass surveillance. The EU has made press...

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Balancing Act

September 29, 2015 4:00 AM ET

Summary The European Union describes itself as a model for press freedom and an exemplary global power. Although many of its 28 member states feature at the top of international press freedom rankings, there are significant challenges that undermine press freedom and new threats are emerging....

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