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Spassov, who has been investigating a controversial development project in the Black Sea resort city of Varna, received a parcel on July 31st containing a copy “The Art of War,” with a dedication signed by Marin Mitev, a co-owner of TIM Holding, a powerful economic group associated with the project. “If you cannot make friends or win them, it is better to leave them alone,” the dedication read, adding in post scriptum that “The world is small and it cannot be governed from Singapore.” The first part was viewed an apparent threat to Spassov himself, while the second referred to the publishers of Dnevnik and Capital.

Bulgarian media mogul Lyubomir Pavlov has been pressured personally by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to sell his two high-circulation dailies to the notorious New Bulgarian Media Group.
According to the site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg, citing their own, undisclosed, but trustworthy sources, Borisov told Pavlov that he had a choice between selling the newspapers and going to prison.
Bivol notes that Pavlov and his partner Ognyan Donev are BGN 5 M short in funds to maintain the normal publishing of the papers and even though the amount is relatively modest, no Bulgarian investor is showing interest over fears they could enrage the PM.

Bulgarian media mogul Lyubomir Pavlov has been pressured personally by Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, to sell his two high-circulation dailies to the notorious New Bulgarian Media Group.
According to the site for investigative journalism Bivol.bg, citing their own, undisclosed, but trustworthy sources, Borisov told Pavlov that he had a choice between selling the newspapers and going to prison.
Bivol notes that Pavlov and his partner Ognyan Donev are BGN 5 M short in funds to maintain the normal publishing of the papers and even though the amount is relatively modest, no Bulgarian investor is showing interest over fears they could enrage the PM.

Media observers say that Bulgaria needs to take measures to make media ownership more transparent. Many outlets are struggling to survive in the small market, in which advertising money is often scarce. Those difficult conditions prevent strong competitors from emerging to keep political and business meddling in check. In addition, many of the country’s journalists lack sufficient training. Two groups that hold major stakes in the national media are New Bulgarian Media Group, which is controlled by Irena Krasteva, a former head of the state lottery whose son, Delian Peevski, is a member of Parliament. Since 2007, the group has acquired five newspapers and a television station. The other major player emerged at the end of 2010 when WAZ Media Group of Germany sold two mass-circulation dailies, Trud and 24 Chasa, to a consortium that included Ognian I. Donev, the chairman and executive director of Sopharma, the biggest pharmaceutical company in Bulgaria; Lyubomir Pavlov, a former banker; and Hristo Grozev, a businessman and media consultant.

Media observers say that Bulgaria needs to take measures to make media ownership more transparent. Many outlets are struggling to survive in the small market, in which advertising money is often scarce. Those difficult conditions prevent strong competitors from emerging to keep political and business meddling in check. In addition, many of the country’s journalists lack sufficient training. Two groups that hold major stakes in the national media are New Bulgarian Media Group, which is controlled by Irena Krasteva, a former head of the state lottery whose son, Delian Peevski, is a member of Parliament. Since 2007, the group has acquired five newspapers and a television station. The other major player emerged at the end of 2010 when WAZ Media Group of Germany sold two mass-circulation dailies, Trud and 24 Chasa, to a consortium that included Ognian I. Donev, the chairman and executive director of Sopharma, the biggest pharmaceutical company in Bulgaria; Lyubomir Pavlov, a former banker; and Hristo Grozev, a businessman and media consultant.