by Francesco Martino, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso

As a litmus test, the recent election campaign in Bulgaria brought to light the problematic relationship between media and power in the country. The Bulgarian information system shows serious and structural problems: lack of transparency on properties, centralisation of newspapers, economic and political pressure on journalists. In recent years the situation has been getting worse
‘I was honestly appalled by the level of corruption I witnessed in Bulgarian media during the electoral campaign’. So James Pardew, former US Ambassador to Sofia (and great expert on the Balkans) told the daily Dnevnik right after the recent presidential and administrative consultations in Bulgaria. His words go straight to the heart of a deeply-rooted problem.

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