FT Reporter Apologizes for Tweeting 'Israel Bribed Bulgaria'
Borzou Daragahi, a Financial Times reporter who claimed that Israel bribed Bulgaria into blaming Hezbollah for last year's terror attack in Burgas, has apologized.
"I don't doubt Hezbollah/Iran could be behind Bulgaria bombing, but also think Israel could pay Sofia to say anything," Daraghi, who is the Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times of London, tweeted on Tuesday.
"Sincere apologies and regret for ill-conceived tweet yesterday about Israel and Bulgaria," he wrote Wednesday on Twitter.
The Times of Israel informs that Daragahi's apology came after a harsh statement concerning his comment by HonestReporting, an Israel-based media watchdog group.
"It is disgraceful for someone who calls himself a journalist to deal in second-rate conspiracy mongering," HonestReporting CEO Joe Hyams said in a statement published on the organization's website.
Bulgarian Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov stated Tuesday that Bulgarian investigators had "a well-founded assumption" that the perpetrators of the deadly attack belonged to the military formation of Hezbollah.
- » Bulgaria's Oscar Entry 'Unexpectedly Timely'
- » Pretrial Proceedings Launched over Bulgaria Nationalist Party Brawl
- » Bulgarian Nationalist Party Leader Embroiled in Fight with Shop Owners
- » Queen's Legendary Guitarist Brian May to Perform in Bulgaria in March 2016
- » Bulgaria ex-FinMin Quits as Rector of Russia University
- » 'I Lived 152 Lives,' Claudia Cardinale Says in Bulgaria's Sofia