By Irina Ned, AEJ-Bulgaria
AEJ – BULGARIA REPORT ON THE STATE OF JOURNALISM AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN 2017
AEJ-Bulgaria’s annual report on the media and free expression in Bulgaria in 2017 says many media are suffering from the tightening grip of a national ‘culture of pressure’ against their editorial independence. The consequences include numerous violent attacks, widespread self-censorship and a collapse in public trust in media content generally.
The general trend is negative. Bulgaria ranks 109th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders’ 2017 World Press Freedom Index, with the country expected to go further down the list in the next edition of the ranking. Alpha Research sociological agency indicates that more than 65% of Bulgarians do not trust the media.
(Read more at Association of European Journalists / AEJ)