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25.01.2018

ECPMF's Expert Talk on Media Freedom in Bulgaria: three recommendations 

On January 25, 2018 the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom presented an expert talk on the state of media freedom in Bulgaria, which holds the presidency of the Council of the European Union for the first six months of 2018.

Expert Talk Bulgaria ECPMF managing director Dr Lutz Kinkel opening the expert talk on media freedom in Bulgaria

(Brussels) Bulgaria wants to prepare the ground for Western Balkan countries to join the European Union. This is an honorable task implying that Bulgaria is a role model for practice, an orientation for other countries to follow. This certainly also applies to the field of media freedom and media policy. The ECPMF would like to give three recommendations:

1) The media market in Bulgaria may be characterised as being almost a monopoly. We urge the government to promote pluralism and diversity.

2) The Bulgarian government should disseminate funds on a fair basis to all of the media, including the ones who are critical of the government. This includes the very small percentage of each EU grant that is earmarked for publicising the projects that are being funded. At the same time we ask the EU to actively monitor how EU taxpayers’ money is spent in Bulgaria.

3) Independent journalists in Bulgaria are under threat. We ask the government to take the safety of independent journalists very seriously. Proper legislation should be implemented and prompt and effective investigations should follow crimes against journalists.

For more information please contact Sophie Albers Ben Chamo at press@ecpmf.eu


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