It’s not Bulgaria. It’s not even the media, of which not everyone published the message of the Bulgarian Interiour Ministry. Today at the Horizont Radio participants said, “the Interiour Ministry knows everything about us, are they going to publish every traffic fine we’ve ever received, when we talk?”
“It’ not even the Ministry. It’s R.P.” (the initials of the minister, Rumen Petkov).
BBC responds, “We regret the publication of what is clearly confidential information and personal details that would endanger the safety of individuals concerned. We, the BBC, continue to stand by our original report.”
I don’t know why this was all necessary – people in Bulgaria know well there’s a lot of criminal activity. To try to shut down the journalists does not make the crimes disappear. The Bulgarian Capital weekly renamed the ministry to Ministry of Ostriches, and have responded with an article “The Ostrich Attacks”
This is a nice picture from Hristo Komarnitski, one of the best Bulgarian cartoonists: