Bulgaria

Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

On 6th October 2018, Viktoria Marinova, a Bulgarian journalist, presenter and administrative director of the local TV channel TVN was found dead in the town of Ruse. Read more

 Investigative journalists suspicious of official version of Viktoria Marinova's killing

Two investigative journalists detained while investigating fraud

On 14th September 2018, Attila Biro from investigative journalism site Rise Romania and Dimitar Stoyanov from investigative website Bivol.bg were arrested in Pernik, a town near the capital Sofia. Read more

Two investigative journalists detained while investigating fraud

2017: The year of total media displacement, according to journalists

The Association of European Journalists – Bulgaria interviewed several journalists at the end of 2017 to gather their opinion regarding media freedom in Bulgaria. Read more

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2017: The year of total media displacement, according to journalists

Continued concern over the state of independent media in Bulgaria

On 16th May, participants of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum adopted a statement of solidarity with Bulgarian civil society organisations working on issues related to the rule of law and defending environmental rights as well as democratic, social justice and human rights norms, as espoused by the European Union. Read more

Continued concern over the state of independent media in Bulgaria

Counter protest held in response to pro-Nazi march in February

On 17th February, counter protesters marched under the slogans “No to Nazis on our Streets” and “No to a Fortress Europe”. The march was a counter protest to the Lukov March that usually takes place in February to commemorate a pro-Nazi Bulgarian general who led the pro-Nazi Germany Union of Bulgarian National Legions from the 1930s until his assassination in February 1943. Read more

Counter protest held in response to pro-Nazi march in February

Bulgaria assumes EU presidency under cloud of concern over media freedom

Bulgaria assumed the six-month rotating EU presidency in January 2018. The country has the worst press freedom rating in the European Union, and as the transition took place, several political figures, activists, journalists and organisations sounded the alarm over threats to media freedom and independence in the country. Read more

Bulgaria assumes EU presidency under cloud of concern over media freedom

Court finds Bulgarian politician guilty of anti-Roma rhetoric

A Bulgarian politician was found guilty by a Bulgarian court for promoting anti-Roma sentiment. According to the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, former Deputy Prime Minister and Chair of the National Council for Cooperation on Ethnic and Integration Issues of the Republic of Bulgaria, Valeri Simeonov, was found guilty for his anti-Roma speech before the National Assembly on 17th December 2014. Read more

Court finds Bulgarian politician guilty of anti-Roma rhetoric

NGOs against draft law regulating magistrates' associations

In July 2017, 20 NGOs in Bulgaria spoke out against a new draft law that would prohibit professional associations of magistrates from receiving external funding. Civil society claims that the law has ambiguous content and can be interpreted arbitrarily and could be potentially discriminatory towards those associations and hinder their activities. Read more

NGOs against draft law regulating magistrates' associations

European court rules association can be registered in Bulgaria

On 8th June 2017, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) unanimously ruled that the Bulgarian authorities had violated article 11 on freedom of assembly and association of the European Convention on Human Rights in the case of the National Turkish Union and Kungyun versus Bulgaria. Details of the case are as follows. Read more

European court rules association can be registered in Bulgaria

Refugees and Roma targets of harmful language in Bulgarian media

A new study has found that harmful language was used to describe refugees and the Roma community in a large number of media reports during Bulgaria's recent election. Read more

Refugees and Roma targets of harmful language in Bulgarian media