Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria firmly condemns the brutal beating of Stoyan Tonchev from Pomorie, Bulgaria, owner of the website zadkulisite.com.
The authorities in charge must investigate and punish not only the perpetrators of this horrific act, but also the ones who ordered it.
If the beating is related to publications in Tonchev’s website, this would constitute a severe violation of the freedom of expression and the right to information of the Bulgarian society.
AEJ-Bulgaria is responsible for reporting such cases to AEJ Internаtional and to the Council of Europe. We are certain that the international organizations will closely follow the actions of the Bulgarian authorities related to the investigation and to guaranteeing that journalists can work safely in the country.