Bulgarian Investigative Journalists Detained

Two journalists investigating fraud in European Union-funded projects in Bulgaria and Romania were detained by authorities last week. Dimitar Stoyanov, a reporter for the Bulgarian investigative journalism website Bivol, and Attila Biro of RISE Project Romania, were taken into custody for several hours by authorities in western Bulgaria as they attempted to prevent and document the destruction of evidence related to an investigation funded by International Press Institute’s #IJ4EU grant program. On Monday, Bivol published a report detailing what it described as “large-scale and wide-spread corruption” in EU-funded projects in Bulgaria worth hundreds of millions of Bulgarian leva.

Source: IPI

Posted on: September 28, 2018