19 January 1998


Journalist facing imprisonment

Incident details

Yovka Atanassova


legal action

(RSF/IFEX) - According to reports, a local appeal court in the southern
Bulgarian town of Stara Zagora recently charged Yovka Atanassova, editor of
and journalist for the daily Starozagorsky Novini, with a 1.5 million lev
fine (about 550 dollars) under articles 147 and 148 of the Bulgarian penal
code. If Atanassova fails to pay her fine, the court can legally seize some
of her property on 22 January. On 21 March 1997, she was sentenced to a
three month suspended prison sentence and a 500, 000 lev fine (about 180
dollars) for the publication of an article about a lawyer suspected of
financial fraud. Two other cases of libel against Atanassova are pending
appeal and could lead to her imprisonment.

Recommended Action

Send appeals to authorities:

  • asking them to reconsider her case
  • urging them to protect Atanassova from fines and imprisonment

    Appeals To

    His Excellency Petar Stoyanov
    President of Bulgaria
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    Fax: +3 592 875 601 / +3 592 822 574

    Please copy appeals to the source if possible.

  • Source

    Reporters Without Borders
    47, rue Vivienne
    75002 Paris, France
    rsf (@) rsf.org

    Fax:+33 1 45 23 11 51
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