“If Bulgaria was not an EU member, it currently would not get accession”. This was the message left by participants in a media conference held in Sofia and organized by the Union of Publishers in Bulgaria. Before foreign diplomats and international non-governmental organisations the Union presented its newest publication - “A White Paper on Media Freedom” - which unveils the highly deteriorated media environment in the country. The rank of Bulgaria in the World Press Freedom Index has dropped significantly during the last ten years (from 36 in 2006 to 109 in 2017). A representative of “Reporters without borders” said that the situation in the country is getting more and more dramatic, while several publishers revealed the methods of the government to exert pressure on their work.
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