Alerts   |   Bulgaria

Web site editor beaten with hammers in Sofia

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, told CPJ. The site publishes investigations into the activities of public officials and particularly those in the state security services.

September 23, 2008 9:34 PM ET


Blog   |   Bulgaria, Russia

Beyond the Bulgarian umbrella

"The current situation has made it necessary for the First Main Directorate (PGU) of [Russia's] KGB to give the First Main Directorate of [Bulgaria's] Ministry of Internal Affairs the following special means: devices for silent, mechanical ejection of special needles, containing swift poisons. ..."

Georgi Markov (AP Photo/Dimitar Deinov)

The above is an excerpt from Addendum 13 of the "Perspective plan for cooperation between the intelligence services of USSR and communist Bulgaria in the period 1972-1975"--a secret document made public thanks to Hristo Hristov, an investigative reporter with the Bulgarian independent daily Dnevnik who won a six-year-long legal battle for access to the secret archives of Bulgaria's National Investigative Service (NRS), the country's security agency. Last week, Hristov published his book The Double Life of Agent Piccadilly, based on more than 90 volumes of previously undisclosed NRS documents that shed light on the 1978 murder in London of Bulgarian dissident journalist Georgi Markov. 

September 15, 2008 6:31 PM ET


Alerts   |   Bulgaria

Crime writer shot and killed in Sofia

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 men stopped him near the Pliska hotel in Bulgaria’s capital, Sofia, the independent news Web site Mediapool reported. Both men fired at Stoev at a close range; one bullet hit him in the head, Mediapool said. The two fled. Stoev was taken to Pirogov emergency hospital in critical condition and underwent brain surgery, but died of his wound Monday evening.

April 8, 2008 12:00 PM ET


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