Bulgarian President calls for reforms to strengthen the media environment

Bulgarians deserve to be reliably informed and know who is behind the media, who owns and finances them, to be able to make an informed choice, head of state President Rossen Plevneliev said on October 20.

He called, not for the first time, for effective self-regulation and further legal mechanisms to strengthen the country’s media industry.

Plevneliev was speaking against a background of Bulgaria’s low ratings in media freedom rankings. The most recent ranking by Reporters without Borders saw Bulgaria drop to 100th place, and the country has the worst media freedom ranking in the EU.

He said that effective self-regulation and legal mechanisms to strengthen the media industry were two complementary ways to overcome the country’s negative trend in sliding in international freedom of speech rankings.

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