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Аccreditations* for the EU-Turkey Summit in Bulgaria Issued for Jailed Turkish...

Media freedom group AEJ-Bulgaria holds action in solidarity with media professionals detained by the government of Erdogan, demanding their immediate release.

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.

The Bulgarian media in 2017 through the eyes of journalists and...

At the end of each year, the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) asks journalists and media experts to share their thoughts about the past twelve months. Below we provide four opinions about 2017, which highlight topics such as political pressure on the media, the state of the public service media, threats towards journalists, the morality of the profession, and the inadequate interpretations of quality standards and good ratings.

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.

Being a Journalist: The State of the Profession

Prepared jointly by the Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) and the Media Democracy Foundation, “Being a Journalist: The State of the Profession” is the first report analyzing the journalistic profession in Bulgaria with the help of media anthropology. The data was collected in February – July 2017 through interviews with 30 journalists coming from different parts of the country and representing all types of media who shared their diverse work experience.

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.

The International President of AEJ and the Head of Bulgaria’s Agency...

The Chairman of the Managing Board of the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) Otmar Lahodynsky (Austria) met the Director of Bulgaria’s General Directorate for...

The Council of Europe issues alert on arson attack against Bulgarian...

The Council of Europe has accepted the alert of the Association of European Journalists-Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) about the arson attack against Zornitsa Akmanova, a reporter for the TV programme Lords of the Air. The case is registered in the Council of Europe’s platform, which promotes the protection of journalism and safety of journalists. It aims to improve the protection of journalists, better address threats and violence against media professionals and foster early warning mechanisms and response capacity within the Council of Europe. Since 2015 AEJ-Bulgaria is a member of international coalition of organizations, which are enabled to report to this specialized platform.

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).

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.