Big brother: Blogging edition
Sometimes, especially in the last months or so, I’m wondering am I living in Bulgaria during the Communist regime or in Bulgaria during its EU membership? In the recent wake of absurds, arrests, protests, etc. surrounding the Strandja National Park status revocation, now the „smart“ guys at the Ministry of Interior as trying to be media characters once more.
How? By calling on bloggers and illegally handing warning to bloggers that have blogged about the events that took place on the Orlov most, in front of the Presidency and all the other places on which the protests took place.
This is ridiculous! In a country which claims to be a democratic and where the Freedom of Speech supposedly should be existing, these „cop hats“ are making it all shine – there is no such Freedom in Bulgaria. This whole story reminds me of the ArenaBG campaign which the Ministry of Interior took last spring. If for the ArenaBG case, it a „claim“ was about copyright infringements (or at least what the „cop hats“ looked for in their desperate search to find grounds and explain theirs actions), now it is a „claim“ for quoting sources that are not comfortable for the authorities. Well, ladies and gentlemen – this is a pure form of censorship and totalitarian approach to solving the problems in society.
As Yovko has said in his blog, make no illusion that bloggers will discontinue to write and blog about the events that take place in Bulgaria. And they will do that in the way things are happening, not in a way that is comfortable for the government and the authorities.
P.S. I’m writing everything in English here because my blog, since its beginning used to be, is and will be in English. This however, doesn’t really matter in the light of this censorship that the MVR is trying to enforce because the non-Bulgarian speakers should be reading about what’s happening in Bulgaria.