Bulgarian Journalists, Writers to Face Jail for Discrimination

Society | April 13, 2011, Wednesday // 13:34
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Journalists, Writers to Face Jail for Discrimination Sofia's central prison is where discriminating journalists, writers and all other Bulgarians may end up. File photo

Journalists and writers who disseminate hatred, discrimination or violence will now face 1 to 4 years behind bars, according to the new amendments to the country's Penal Code.

The Bulgarian journalists and writers who spread racial or ethnic hatred, or hatred based on someone's nationality, will have to pay a fine between BGN 5 000 BGN 10 000.

Every citizen who commits an act of violence based on someone's race, nationality, ethnicity, religion or political views will have to pay a fine ranging from BGN 5 000 to BGN 10 000 and 1 to 4 years in prison under the amended code. Until now, the law covered only racial discrimination.

The types of discrimination listed in the amended law are gender, religious, educational, political, based on sexual orientation, based on marital status, a disability and social status.

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