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Alert created on: 26 Jan 2016 Bulgaria

Journalist Stoyan Tonchev Brutally Attacked

Source of threatNon-state
CategoryAttacks on physical safety and integrity of journalists
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Stoyan Tonchev, a reporter for the news portal 'Hello Bulgaria', was assaulted and beaten with baseball bats on 14 January 2016 in his hometown Pomorie. The journalist, who was a candidate during the last local elections in Bulgaria, was left with serious head and skull injuries and is still under medical care. The assailants allegedly asked Tonchev if he was going to continue to write articles after this attack. The following day, the Bulgarian minister of Interior Affairs issued a statement announcing that two people had been detained in relation with this assault. The investigation is still in progress. Welcoming the swift reaction by the authorities Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, said: “I urge the authorities to thoroughly investigate the attack and bring the perpetrators to justice. There must be no impunity for attacks against journalists."
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26 Jan 2016
OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media condemns violent attack on journalist in Bulgaria, urges investigation
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