Bulgaria Drops with 2 Positions in the Reporters Without Borders Media Freedom Index
Bulgaria continues to drop down in the Reporters Without Borders Index of Media Freedom and is in a lower position than any other member of the European Union. Our country is now 111th, while in 2017 it was 109th. Despite being the current rotating President of the European Council (by the end of June 2018), Bulgaria is with lower index than all the Western Balkan countries, some of which are candidates for EU membership.
In the conclusions of Reporters Without Borders for Bulgaria it is noted that the media group with owner Delyan Peevski has 6 newspapers and controls nearly 80% of the print media distribution.
The government's allocation of EU funding to certain media is done in a complete lack of transparency, which effectively corrupts them to be "softer" in their coverage and to refrain entirely from reporting and analysing certain topics, Reporters Without Borders said.
They also argue that threats and attacks against journalists have intensified in recent months.
It may be dangerous to be a journalist in Bulgaria, note from Reporters without Borders.
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