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Politicians exert control over Bulgarian media

18/10/2017

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria (AEJ-Bulgaria) argues that politicians exert unwarrantable pressure over Bulgarian media. This is one of the main statements in the fourth edition of its traditional online inquiry on freedom of speech attitudes. The instruments of politicians to influence media contents are getting more and more sophisticated. AEJ-Bulgaria argues that in 2015 media were more dependent on advertisers while in 2017 they were replaced by politicians.

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Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe

12/10/2017

According to Open Society Institute – Sofia survey, Bulgaria is at the bottom of media literacy in Europe. The index, produced by Open Society Institute, is based on five key criteria: media freedom, education, trust in society, and the use of information and communication technologies. Bulgaria, Montenegro, Albania and Turkey are in the last places, while Netherlands, Denmark and Estonia are at the top.

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Bulgarian journalists protested against the government pressure

12/10/2017

Dozens of journalists protested in Sofia against the State pressure. The demonstration was provoked by the threats against the Nova TV host Viktor Nikolaev. The former GERB MP Anton Todorov and the Deputy Prime Minister Valery Simeonov warned him that he could loose his job if he continued to ask awkward questions. “Silence Kills” and “We Have Questions, Not Requests” were some of the main messages of the protest organized by the Association of European Journalists in Bulgaria.

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Bulgaria: the “empty chair” of journalism

09/10/2017

Polina Paunova deepens the problems of the Bulgarian media environment, a media system being held hostage by political power.

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Bulgaria: live threats

09/10/2017

The deputy from the ruling party GERB Anton Todorov and the deputy Prime Minister and United Patriots party co-leader Valeri Simeonov threatened a journalist from the national Nova TV. They warned him that if he kept asking awkward questions he would be fired.

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Bulgaria: eavesdropping for the purpose of intimidation

21/08/2017

In Bulgaria data shows signs of unauthorized eavesdropping of politicians, magistrates and journalists. It was announced by the director of the National Office for the Control of Special Intelligence Means (NOCSIM), Boyko Rashkov. According to him, this has been done for the purpose of intimidation, pressure or blackmail.
"Until 2014 the State Agency for National Security (DANS) was one of the state authorities which wanted NOCSIM to act in absolute conflict with the law. Annually there has been unauthorized eavesdropping aimed at pressure and intimidation of politicians, magistrates and journalists”, said Rashkov.

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Sensationalism dominates the Bulgarian news stream

26/07/2017

Crimes, disasters and incidents are the top news in the most popular television and online media in Bulgaria. According to a survey conducted by the Association of European Journalists (AEJ) the Bulgarian media create a "catastrophic agenda" and the really important news cannot reach the people.

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Journalist Ivo Nikodimov was attacked by unknown men in Sofia city centre

26/07/2017

The Bulgarian journalist Ivo Nikodimov was attacked by three unknown men in the center of the Bulgarian capital Sofia. Nikodimov is a head of the morning show of the Bulgarian national television.

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Every Third Institution in this Country Keeps Secret the Regulatory Acts it Issues

31/01/2017

Every third institution in Bulgaria does not publish on the Internet the regulatory acts it issues, and half of them do not do this in relation to the general administrative acts.

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Bulgarian journalist sues a tabloid for defamation

16/12/2016

The Bulgarian journalist and human rights activist Nickolai Staikov sued the inline tabloid PIK.bg for insulting and defamatory statements. The articles have been published over the past two years. The Court ordered PIK to pay about 6.500 euros. PIK.bg is one of the media outlets, associated with the Bulgarian oligarch and deputy from the ethnic Turkish party DPS - Delyan Peevski.

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