Do the authorities keep tabs on journalists or do they take advantage of the crimes of others?

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Monitoring of journalists and owners of media critical of the authorities is a feature of countries with an extremely poor media environment. In recent years we have witnessed systematic leaking of personal correspondence between various editorial teams into public space. While this trend was until recently utilized to fuel fights between publisher unions, it is now being used in political rhetoric.
The utilization of unlawfully acquired media correspondence by contenders in an electoral race and members of the executive (Sergey Stanishev, Dragomir Stoinev) is not at all harmless. It deals a severe blow to freedom of speech and democracy in Bulgaria. The question arises as to the participation of representatives of the institutions in this nefarious plan. There are two possibilities – representatives of the state are guarantors of monitoring publishers and journalists or take advantage of a crime committed by others, based on matching interests.
The above is the third such case of published correspondence in the past year. It is noteworthy that the leaks always appear in online agencies that have not signed the Code of Ethics of the Bulgarian media and systematically override any rules of professional ethics (Blitz, PIK). According to analysts of media ownership, both of the cited agencies gravitate around the circle of MP for the MRF Delian Peevski.
We cannot but recall the position of the international organization “Reporters without Borders”, who said last year: “We think the secret service investigations of the press and journalists belong to a long gone era, to the age of Cold War demons.” This message came as a response to an outrageous statement of former Prime Minister Boyko Borisov: “What they have done – I can arrange for all of you who stand here today. I can order today for similar cases to be built against all of your journalists, all of them.” These are quotations, which, unfortunately, have become the norm.