Society | June 19, 2002, Wednesday // 00:00

Some Bulgarian media tend to go through a sensational approach when reporting minorities’ problems and that attracts a certain source of xenophobic response, British journalist Tony Goldman said in an exclusive interview for Goldman assessed the achivements and impact of the project of Fair Media Treatment of Minority Group Issues as an independent consultant from the British side. The applicability and success of the project in Bulgaria were assessed by Neri Terzieva. The results of the joint project of BBC World Service and British Council Bulgaria were presented at a seminar June 19 in Sofia, attended by David Green, Director-General of the British Council. 57 media specialists interested in promoting more positive images of minorities, were trained under the project. Participants in the program are working in different fomrs of media (state and private), come from different ethnic backgrounds and areas of Bulgaria, and represent range of age groups. Facilitator of the seminars are Eli Howarth, Head of the Bulgaria Section of the BBC World Service in London and Nick Higham, a BBC correspondent. The project aims to build a more balanced approach to reporting the minorities’ problems in Bulgaria, its long-term goal being their fuller integration.

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