No State Security agents in the management of public media and The Council for Electronic Media!

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in Campaigns, News

DS57 Members of Parliament (from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movement for Rights and Freedoms) asked the Constitutional Court of Republic of Bulgaria to “declare unconstitutional and inconsistent with universally recognized norms of international law and international treaties to which Bulgaria is a country of art. 26, section 3 and Art. 59 ac. 2, Section 3 of the Law on Radio and Television (SG. 138/24.11.1998, last. Amend. No 38/18.05.2012). ” In article. 26, Section 3 of the Law on Radio and Television, says that members of the Council for Electronic Media shall not be people, who were “employees and collaborators of the former State Security.” Similar is the text of Art. 59, para. 2, item 3, which states that “cannot be members of the board of Bulgarian National Radio and respectively of Bulgarian National Television, people, who have been employees and collaborators of the former State Security.”

MPs from the Bulgarian Socialist Party and Movements for Rights and Freedoms see discrimination in these texts and insist they be abolished. Their motives are questionable. The case is not only legal, it is above all moral! Are we going to allow today former State Security agents to control public media and thus to influence public opinion? The Constitutional Court will rule after April 25, 2013. Now is the time to have our say on this!

VOTE HERE IF YOU ARE AGAINST FORMER STATE AGENTS to become members of the Council for Electronic Media and the board of Bulgarian National Radio and Bulgarian National Television!

EIMP Vacancy Part Time Campaign Assistants to Country Coordinators

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in For media pluralism and quality journalism, News

Started in 2010, the European Initiative for Media Pluralism (EIMP) today brings together nearly two hundred organisations, media groups, independent journalists and professional bodies from throughout Europe, which together have launched a European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) demanding the implementation of an EU Directive on media pluralism to protect pluralism and press freedom impartially and effectively in all the Member States of the European Union.

European initiative for media pluralism

Written by Център за развитие на медиите. Posted in For media pluralism and quality journalism, News

The European Initiative for Media Pluralism was presented on 21 September 2012at the Center for Culture and Debate “The Red House” in Sofia. You can watch the video here: part 1, part 2 and part 3.

Since April 2012, thanks to the unprecedented democratic mechanism European Citizens’ Initiative, under certain conditions, EU citizens can participate directly in the development of EU policies by calling on the European Commission to make a legislative proposal in a given area. Commission should develop appropriate regulations to submit to the European Parliament and, if they are accepted, to be valid for each member state of the Union.