Several dozen Bulgarian journalists protested outside the Palace of Justice in the capital city Sofia on April 8 as reporter Boris Mitov was questioned by prosecutors in connection with a report that alleged a connection between Sofia deputy city prosecutor Roman Vassilev and illicit electronic eavesdropping procedures.
The questioning and the protest were a sequel to an article by Mediapool reporter Mitov in which he cited court records as allegedly implicating Vassilev in irregularities. Mitov called in question whether Vassilev was suited to involvement in a current investigation by Sofia prosecutors into alleged illegal wiretapping by the interior ministry under the previous government.
After Mitov’s story was posted on April 5, he was contacted by a senior Sofia prosecution official, Dragomir Yanchev, who called him for questioning and, according to media reports, told Mitov that he could be jailed for up to five years for disclosing state secrets. Yanchev reportedly asked Mitov to disclose the sources of his story. Mitov said that he refused to do so.