The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of editors, publishers and leading journalists, condemned the detention Thursday evening of two journalists investigating fraud in EU-funded projects in Bulgaria and Romania.

Dimitar Stoyanov, a reporter for the Bulgarian investigative journalism website Bivol, and Attila Biro of RISE Project Romania, were taken into custody for several hours by authorities in Radomir, western Bulgaria, as they attempted to prevent and document the destruction of evidence related to the investigation, which is funded by IPI’s #IJ4EU grant programme.

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