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Ms Neelie Kroes
Open letter from Bulgarian journalists
Dear Ms Kroes,
We, a group of Bulgarian journalists, are expecting with hope your official visit to Sofia. We welcomed with great expectations your statement that you consider press freedom in Bulgaria your personal priority, as well as your intention to follow closely the media situation in the country. We consider it extremely important that you receive first-hand information about the actual conditions under which Bulgarian journalists exercise their profession. Therefore, we would like to ask for a public meeting with you and we hope that you will be able to find the time for such an engagement during your busy program.
Unfortunately, we believe that by meeting representatives of the Bulgarian authorities and the two media unions you would not be provided with sufficient and substantial information regarding the political dependance on the media and the corporate and political control exercised on the channels of information, as well as regarding the cases of physical violence on journalists which are not being investigated in practice.
The Bulgarian press is a victim of the war between the two unions of Bulgarian publishers. The majority of the media analyses, commentaries and investigations are targeted only at exposing the opponent side and do not serve the interests of the readers themselves. The rare cases of outspokenness among journalists also occur in the context of the above mentioned conflict. The independent voices, raised by journalists with integrity, fall under the attacks of both sides. At the same time, the concentration of media ownership is rising to dangerous levels. (read more…)