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Controversial Media Ownership Amendments have been adopted by the Bulgarian Parliament

On July 4th, Bulgarian parliament adopted, on the first reading, some general amendments regarding media ownership with 92 votes in favour, 12 against and 28 abstentions. In February, the bill was submitted to parliament by four MPs from the Movement of Rights and Freedoms (MRF), among which was Delyan Peevski, media mogul, owner of several key medias in Bulgaria and numerous businesses.

European Efforts to Regulate Internet Intermediaries

Author: Bissera Zankova, Media 21 Foundation, Bulgaria Nowadays we are constantly witnessing how diverse Internet intermediaries are rapidly evolving to perform a variety of important...

Report on the State of Journalism and Freedom of Speech in...

The Association of European Journalists –International is an official Observer in the Council of Europe's Media Steering Committee and every year the national sections have the obligation to present a report on the state of Journalism and Freedom of speech in their home countries. AEJ-Bulgaria monitors the media environment on regular basis by issuing critical positions and here we present the annual roundup of all infringements against freedom of expression.

Bulgaria should not allow silencing of media outlets through the state...

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) is deeply concerned about the attempts of state institutions to suppress the owners of media outlets that are critical of those in power.

The Great Comeback of Political Pressure over the Media in Bulgaria

Politicians in Bulgaria are reemerging as key “bodyguards” of the information circulating in the media. They stay both at the entrance and at the exit and control the interference in the media’s editorial policies. If in 2015 this role was performed by the media’s advertising departments and economic factors in various sectors, 2017 is witnessing the return of political and institutional censorship, equipped with a rich repertoire of instruments for influence.

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).

Shedding light on media ownership in Bulgaria: 6 necessary steps

A progressive improvement of the consumer-media relation is a key issue for improving the confidence crisis of mass media in Bulgaria.

Macedonian media divided, same as the politics and the society

Two totally different aspects on the actual situation in Macedonia can be seen in the Macedonian media, a country that is dealing with one of the biggest political crisis in the last decade.

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.

Oppressor or sponsor? Governments strengthen their influence on the media in...

Due to the continuously shrinking private advertising market, the state governments in Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzogovina and the Republic of Macedonia have turned into...