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Sustained anti-government protests continue in Bulgaria

Anti-government protests which began in July 2020 continued in the months that followed, over one hundred were arrested in early September Read more

Sustained anti-government protests continue in Bulgaria

Bulgarians protest COVID-19 measures, over construction of coastline

Protests erupt against COVID-19 measures, over development on the coastline; Investigative journalist receives death threats Read more

Bulgarians protest COVID-19 measures, over construction of coastline

Neo-Nazi protest banned, journalist brutally attacked by unknown assailants

The "Lukov March" which is organised every February since 2003 to honour Hristo Lukov, a pro-Nazi leader of the fascist Union of Bulgarian National Legions banned from taking place this year;
Investigative journalist and editor-in-chief of the Bulgarian newspaper “168 Hours” Slavi Angelov attacked near his house by two masked assailants Read more

Neo-Nazi protest banned, journalist brutally attacked by unknown assailants

CSOs react to sustained vilification of civil society in Bulgaria

Civil society organisations send joint letter to the institutions of the European Union to inform them about the ongoing campaign to denigrate civil society in the country, new regulations for qualifying for a driver's license in Bulgaria spark protests; residents from the city of Pernik, protest severe water shortage that has continued for months; Commissioner of the Council of Europe for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, urges authorities to firm up efforts in promoting and protecting the rights of minorities, also expresses concern at the state of media freedom in the country Read more

CSOs react to sustained vilification of civil society in Bulgaria

Demonstrators protest neo-nazi march

Bulgarian government funds projects to support civil society in some Balkan countries, official opposition protests government's decision to write off debt by the grand Mufti, protesters oppose neo-nazi march, while new RSF index reveals Bulgaria's new ranking on media freedom Read more

Demonstrators protest neo-nazi march

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