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first_img News BulgariaEurope – Central Asia January 21, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities ramp up pressure on media over banking disclosures Receive email alerts RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Bulgaria is ranked 100th of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, the lowest position of any European Union country. Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest News to go further February 11, 2021 Find out more Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom The Bulgarian Financial Supervision Commission has imposed fines of up to 80,000 euros each on several newspapers for disclosing information about the banking sector. Reporters Without Borders deplores this political attempt to silence news organizations. Earlier this month the Commission ordered the Economedia publishing group to pay a record fine of 150,000 leva (approx. 80,000 euros). The group, which publishes the weekly Capital and the daily Dnevnik, also received an additional fine of 10,000 (5,000 euros) for refusing to disclose its sources.The commission based its case on the law against market manipulation. A fine of 100,000 leva stemmed from complaints by the construction firms Vodstroy 98 and Industrial Construction Holding. Capital reported that the two firms, controlled by the entrepreneur and politician Delyan Peevski of the Movement for Rights and Freedoms, had withdrawn their assets from the First Investment Bank (Fibank). Economedia must also pay a fine of 50,000 leva (approx. 25,000 euros) for publishing a story about the pharmaceutical company Sophorama.It was the first time that the Financial Supervision Commission had imposed such high fines. The total of fines imposed for market manipulation for 2013 was less than the fine received by Economedia alone. “The commission is clearly trying to silence these newspaper which, for several years, have been disclosing serious irregularities in the financial sector,” said Reporters Without Borders programme director Lucie Morillon. Organisation center_img BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information “The Financial Supervision Commission attacks news organizations that mention the banking crisis … and the inability of institutions and politicians to respond to it resolutely and decisively,” said Alexander Kashumov, a lawyer and campaigner for freedom of expression who represents Economedia. “Instead of punishing those responsible for the instability, they target the messenger.” Record fines aimed at censuring mediaOther news organizations have also been hit by sanctions imposed by the Financial Supervision Commission and the Bulgarian National Bank.In early January, the online newspaper zovnews.com was fined 100,000 leva by the commission for reporting that Fibank was under threat of bankruptcy. One journalist who was not identified was fined 50,000 leva. Follow the news on Bulgaria Tried and tested modus operandiThe Financial Supervision Commission launched major proceedings against Capital and Economedia in summer 2014 and since then the editorial department of Capital has received dozens of letters containing allegations of infringements of the law. It was also ordered to disclose its sources. “Instead of working to restore stability and confidence in the financial system, the commission has undertaken extreme action against the media,” said Galya Prokopieva, managing director of Economedia. “In doing so, it has revealed the extent of the institutional crisis among financial regulators.” Yesterday, 200 people demonstrated in protest against the fines outside the Bulgarian Parliament in response to an appeal by the recently launched NGO Free WordFair trialThe right to a fair trial is protected under article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights, which states: “In the determination of his civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge … everyone is entitled to a fair and public hearing within a reasonable time by an independent and impartial tribunal established by law.” The commission’s actions are now threatening this right.“The Financial Supervision Commission is incapable of guaranteeing impartiality, independence and the right to be heard,” said Lucie Morillon. “It is part of the banking world and should not in any circumstances prevail over the Bulgarian constitution, which is the guarantor of freedom of the press. Furthermore, the commission has no jurisdiction over the rights of the media and it is the responsibility of the Bulgarian government not to ensure the media are not censored by the imposition of such high fines.” News Late last year, the Financial Supervision Commission also launched similar legal proceedings against two other news organizations – the websites mediapool.bg and bivol.bg. In October 2012, Reporters Without Borders condemned a lawsuit launched by the Bulgarian National Bank against the bivol.bg news website. News March 10, 2021 Find out more RSF_en December 2, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

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first_imgSouthampton have opened talks with Atletico Madrid over a permanent move for central defender Toby Alderweireld. Manager Ronald Koeman is keen to retain his services, and while any deal may prove complicated, he is optimistic. Speaking earlier this week, Koeman said: “The player likes to stay, we like to keep the player but it’s a little difficulty at the moment with Atletico Madrid. I have a good hope he will stay for Southampton.” The Saints prospered last season despite significant changes in their squad following the summer departures of Rickie Lambert, Luke Shaw, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren and Calum Chambers, and the manager will hope for less of a turnover this time around amid uncertainty over the futures of Alderweireld and midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. Amid speculation that Tottenham are ready to hijack their attempts to land the 26-year-old Belgium international, Press Association Sport understands the south coast club are hoping to steal a march on other interested parties having already entered into negotiations with the Spanish outfit. Alderweireld, who joined Atletico from Dutch club Ajax in September 2013, spent last season on loan at St Mary’s and made 26 Barclays Premier League appearances, all of them starts, as the Saints finished in an impressive seventh place. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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