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AEJ-Bulgaria calls for media boycott of politicians who threaten journalists

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) calls on all Bulgarian journalists and media professionals to stand with Viktor Nikolaev, the host of the morning talk show of Nova Television, who received threats from representatives of the ruling political parties on air on October 6 (Friday).

New coalition in Bulgaria calls for media literacy training in primary...

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) and ten other education and media non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have established a coalition to promote media...

Association of European Journalists refutes “groundless smears” by Bulgarian MEP

The Association of European Journalists (AEJ) rejects the groundless allegations and a threat of legal action against AEJ-Bulgaria, the association’s Bulgarian section, made by Nikolay Barekov, a member of the European parliament. We demand that Mr Barekov should refrain from using gratuitously insulting language about AEJ-Bulgaria and withdraw his completely unfounded claim that AEJ-Bulgaria sought to serve the interests of his opponents, whom he called ‘thievish oligarchs’. Further details are here.

Response to MEP Nikolay Barekov’s Comments about AEJ-Bulgaria

We are going to defend our rights in court, we would notify our international partners and address the European Commission and the European Parliament.

Sensationalism Dominates the News Flow in Bulgaria, AEJ-Bulgaria Study Shows

Crimes, disasters, and accidents tend to occupy a central spot in the news in the most popular TV stations and online media in Bulgaria, creating “a catastrophic agenda”. Sensational headlines and negative news dominate the news flow, while the scandalous and the extraordinary are practically absent from the content of the news reports themselves. The publication of authorless stories and the reuse of information from other media, often without credit, is a widespread practice online.

An AEJ-Bulgaria Member has been Selected in the Youth Advisory Board...

Daniel Penev, a freelance journalist and a member of the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) has been selected in the youth board of the Index on Censorship.

A Regional Media Outlet in Bulgaria May Lose its Domain in...

The existence of the only online media outlet in the town of Novi Iskar (14 km north of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital city) is under threat after Daniela Raycheva, the mayor of the capital district of the same name, has decided to challenge the media’s use of the domain name NOVIISKAR.BG. As an official, Raycheva has requested an arbitrary procedure with Register BG Ltd., the organization in charge of registering domain names with the extension .BG.

AEJ-Bulgaria Condemns Peter Nizamov-Perata’s Attack Against a bTV Cameraman

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) condemns the aggression toward a bTV cameraman by Peter Nizamov, known as Perata. Nizamov hit our colleague Peter Dzhanavarov while the latter was filming the protest in the town of Asenovgrad on 2 July.

2016 according to the media experts

“How should I know what I think before I have seen what I want to say?”, goes a saying frequently cited by media experts. How can we understand the role of the media in today’s world when they increasingly represent the interests of the political and corporate elites? How can we talk about trust and values when traditional understandings and norms take a course of their own or are carefully and skillfully directed by sophisticated manipulators of people’s fears? In 2016, a year of massive divisions, “the magic bullet” of propaganda ran not only through the traditional media, but also online. The social media grew from a public opinion laboratory into a driver of disinformation and the spread of fake news. The media produce news we can do without. What is the role of the audience which has seemingly given in to the “magic flute” of fear and hatred and prefers to remain sheepishly silent when the media transform personal tragedies into nationwide mourning.

Irina Nedeva Takes Over as AEJ-Bulgaria’s Chairperson

Irina Nedeva takes over as chairperson of the management board of the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria), replacing Kristina Hristova, who has been running the organization since it was founded six years ago.