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Short Update: Bulgaria grants special powers to police to enforce lockdown and stop fake news

FairTrialsAdmin - March 27, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Extended police powers

 

Bulgaria has amended its Criminal Code to introduce severe penalties for violating the lockdown and spreading what the government dubs fake news. Those caught could face up to face five years in prison and fines of 50,000 Bulgarian Lev (~25,000 Euro).

Initial reports of how these are being enforced are concerning. Two doctors are being prosecuted for speaking out about shortages of protective clothing and masks. In another case, a mother and son that were incorrectly diagnosed with the virus have been accused of spreading fake news for posting a sign on their train cabin that they were infected.

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