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Bulgaria: The banks and the media, or where is the watchdog...

The metaphor “Media is the watchdog of democracy” is widespread in the English speaking countries. The so-called “Watchdog journalism”, or journalism that watches over the community interest, which often is in contradiction with private interests, is part of the idea of the fourth estate, monitoring the actions of the other three estates.

The Criminal Code amendments in favor of the bank sector equal...

Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ - Bulgaria) firmly objects the admittance by the Commission on legal issues of the National Assembly of the proposal for amendment of the Criminal Code submitted by the MP Jordan Tsonev.

Hate Speech – the Slang of Populism

Predictably, the European elections on May 25th gave yet another illustration of “hate speech” firmly establishing itself as a communication tool. Even citizen initiatives, like the promotion of electoral activity, fell prey to this trend.

Do the authorities keep tabs on journalists or do they take...

Monitoring of journalists and owners of media critical of the authorities is a feature of countries with an extremely poor media environment. In recent years we have witnessed systematic leaking of personal correspondence between various editorial teams into public space. While this trend was until recently utilized to fuel fights between publisher unions, it is now being used in political rhetoric.

A necessary upgrade and restart of the media self-regulation process in...

In recent years, Bulgaria is constantly losing ground in the rankings for freedom of speech drawn up by reputable international organizations. This negative trend is evidence of an acute problem with the media environment in the country. One of the essential characteristics of this environment is the lack of uniform rules applicable to all media. This deficit has an adverse impact on public attitudes towards the media and towards journalists as a whole - public credibility of the media is not especially high.

Portraits of media lynch laws

In times of elections the misuse of information becomes frequent, the compromises are growing rapidly and are equal to the numbers of the candidates as the role of the media becomes more important and responsible. In the beginning of the year the groove marked because of political and economical differences among the publishers is getting more profound with the advent of a new media union (Bulgarian media union) and the acceptance of an alternative journalist code. There are two camps of mutual rejection that formed.

Murder is a criminal offense, not a reality show

The Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria calls on journalists not to increase the distress and suffering of relatives and acquaintances of victims when covering grave human tragedies, such as the recent murder of a child in Pomorie. We recall that this is not only a human duty, but also a fundamental principle of journalistic ethics.

Can the situation of the freedom of speech in Bulgaria be...

The illegal economic and political pressure on journalists has acquired epidemic proportions, and trading in influence has become a major business for many media,...

The new code of ethics is an attempt to privatize media...

The Code of Professional Ethics of the Bulgarian Media, drafted by the Bulgarian Media Union is an attempt at privatizing media self-regulation in Bulgaria....

Results from the Bulgarian research part of the project “Young people...

Most of the young people in Bulgaria are interested in topics connected to politics, business, education and carrier development and prefer this information to...