Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Sends Open Letter to DW

Society | September 24, 2013, Tuesday // 16:07| Views: | Comments: 2
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Helsinki Committee Sends Open Letter to DW

The Bulgarian Helsinki Committee (BHC), an independent NGO for human rights protection, demands more information from the media in regards to the recent dismissal of two Bulgarian commentators.

In the letter, BHK is looking for more answers about DW'decision to let go two prominent bulgarian journalists, Ivan Bedrov and Emi Baruh.

BHC also seeks DW' support to Bulgaria in the country's efforts to improve the levels of press freedom.

On September 20th , DW - Germany's international broadcaster, has published a statement in regards of its decision to part ways with Bedrov and Baruh.

The media argues that both journalists had “deviated from the ethical standarts of DW in journalism” and “published a few objectionable materials”, therefore the broadcaster had to let them go.

“BHK is highly embarrassed by the release of the two correspondents” and “would like to be informed in more details about the editor’s reasons to cease work with them”, writes BHK in its letter, addressed to Verica Spasovska, Head of Central Southeast Europe, DW.

The human rights organization “would like to know which the objectionable materials are. What have been found in them which deviate from the ethical standarts in journalism ?”

Also, BHK seeks the support of “the leaders of the esteemed German media throughout the present difficult time for our democracy, in which independent media are important factor.”

A few days ago, Ivan Bedrov had issued a statement at his personal website to share his personal view on the matter: “My weekly comments for DW were an opportunity for me to share with the readers a non-biased and more critical journalistic point of view, it was never about the money”, explained Bedrov in his opinion published at his personal website on September 22nd.

In the statement Bedrov also thanked all his supporters for the unexpected solidarity regarding his departure from DW.

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George Topouzov - 26 Sep 2013 // 06:02:08

Emi Baruh and Ivan Bedrov wrote some very good articles about events in Bulgaria, I must admit, alltough I did not allways agree with their position. It is disturbing to see this kind of shady influence over the media, especially foreign media as DW.

malak petko - 25 Sep 2013 // 15:29:56

In the past confrontation of the communist East with the West this people were needed by the West.

Now they are not needed. They worked for the interests of those who hired them. They helped for the transformation of Bulgaria in the way the West wanted...
for which they were paid

.but it is not necessarily good or not entirely good for thous living in Bulgaria..

so I do not care for them.

if I have to assess their work bu the destruction of the Bulgarian industry and the ultimate annihilation of the Bulgarian nation...... expressed in loss of 20% of the population and lack of young Bulgarians in reproductive age.......... I would not admit that they deserve a pension...

meanwhile the same is valid for the Bulgarian Helsinki committee

so good luck I really do not care for you

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